Dukes Fall Short To GW, 68-58
Feb. 1, 2003
George Washington opened the second half with a 12-3 run to break open a close game and withstood a late Duquesne rally in defeating the Dukes 68-58 at Washington D.C. Chris Monroe led four Colonials in double figures with a game-high 19 points. Jimmy Tricco and Kevin Forney paced Duquesne with 12 and 11 points respectively.
The first half, which featured seven ties and five lead changes, ended with George Washington holding a 33-31 advantage. Mike Hall scored the first four points of the second half to up GW's lead to six. The Colonials managed their largest lead of the game when Omar Williams converted a three-point play for a 45-34 lead with 14:20 left.
But Duquesne, who scored just five points in the first six minutes of the half, rallied to within three on a Tricco 3-pointer with 4:03 remaining. T.J. Thompson answered with a 3-pointer of his own then assisted on a pair of dunks as GW built its lead to eight with just under two minutes remaining.
Duquesne cut the lead to four on a Bryant McAllister three-point play with 38 seconds left, before Monroe hit a pair of free throws and a dunk to give the Colonials a cushion.
George Washington outshot the Dukes 53.2 percent to 35.8 percent. GW also enjoyed a 35-33 edge on the boards. Duquesne did outscore the Colonials 20-5 on second chance attempts, but couldn't overcome its cold shooting.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee