#DUQMBB Falls at George Washington, 71-57
Feb. 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC - Patricio Garino scored a game-high 17 points and Isaiah Armwood added 14 points and 11 rebounds as George Washington moved to 11-0 at home with a 71-57 win over Duquesne.
GW (18-4, 6-2) shot .464 and assisted on 23 of 26 field goals, while Duquesne (10-11, 2-6), which cut a 19-point first half deficit to five with 13:27 left, shot .339. The Dukes went 0-of-13 from the 3-point arc in the second half.
Duquesne cut it to 44-39 when Soko was fouled on a dunk and converted the free throw. GW answered with five points, the last three on a Nemanja Mikic jumper that made it a 10-point game.
The Dukes trailed by seven with 9:50 left before missing five shots and four free throws over the next five minutes as the Colonials built the lead to 15.
"It felt like we went 10 minutes without making a basket," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "That's crippling. I thought we started the second half well then we had that stretch where we couldn't throw it in the basket and we couldn't make our free throws to stop the bleeding."
DU would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way.
Duquesne missed its first four shots and turned it over three times in falling behind 10-2. The Colonials then hit four consecutive 3-pointers - including two by Nick Griffin - to take a 28-10 lead with 8:47 left in the half.
Duquesne scored just one field goal in a seven-minute span during GW's long-distance outburst.
The Colonial lead reached 19 before Jeremiah Jones started a half-ending 19-6 run.
DU cut it to 32-20 on a Mason coast-to-coast drive. A Mason 3-pointer made it a seven-point game with 1:31 left. Mason, who scored 11 in the final 6:07, hit his third 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left to make it 36-30 at the half.
"They jumped us to start the game and that is really unacceptable," said Ferry. "Then we gained our composure. We guarded and played faster and came back. I was really disappointed in our start."
Duquesne returns home to face George Mason in the annual Chuck Cooper Classic on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Ovie Soko, who saw a streak of consecutive 20-point games snapped at three, posted his team-high fifth double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Dominique McKoy's 14 points were two shy of his career high ... he has scored in double digits in seven of DU's past 10 games.
Micah Mason, who began the week as the nation's leading 3-point shooter (.609), went 3-of-8 from the arc ... the rest of the team was a combined 1-of-15.
The Dukes finished with 12 assists and 15 turnovers ... it was just the fifth time in 21 games that the Dukes had more turnovers than assists.
This was just the third time Duquesne was held under 60 points this season.
Duquesne returns to Pittsburgh for back-to-back home games against George Mason (Sat., Feb. 8) and Richmond (Wed., Feb. 12).