Dukes Plow Colonials, 70-63
Feb. 6, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Damain Saunders had a career-high 27 points and added 16 rebounds as Duquesne (12-11, 3-6) scored the final six points of the game to pull away for a 70-63 win at George Washington (12-10, 2-7).
The victory, Duquesne's first at GW since 2000, ended a six-game DU losing streak at the Smith Center. It was DU's first road win since a 52-50 victory at Iowa on Nov. 17.
There were a total of nine ties and nine lead changes before Jason Duty gave the Dukes a 48-45 lead on a 3-pointer with just under 12 minutes left. GW cut the lead to one twice, the last coming on a Damian Hollis layup with 1:34 to go.
The Colonials would not score again as Eric Evans started the game-ending run with a driving layup. The Dukes hit 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch - including two by Saunders with 28 seconds left - to seal the win.
Melquan Bolding, who hit 2-of-4 free throws in the final 41 seconds, added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Dukes.
Lasan Kromah and Dwayne Smith, who had 10 rebounds each, had 15 and 14 points respectively for George Washington.
"We made some free throws at critical times and made some shots at critical times. We also got some stops when we needed them," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "Damian was phenomenal. He got rebounds he had no business getting."
Saunders had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the second half.
There were a total of six ties and seven lead changes in a first half that ended with a 6-0 Duquesne run. The Dukes held the Colonials scoreless over the final 3:05 in matching their largest lead at 33-28. Saunders scored 12 of his points in the opening 20 minutes.
Duquesne, which held GW to 34.3 percent shooting, outscored the Colonials 19-4 in fast break points and 40-28 in the paint.
The Dukes shot 43.3 percent despite going 3-of-17 from the 3-point arc.
Duquesne returns home for a pair of games beginning with a CBS College Sports regionally televised game against Massachusetts on Thursday, Feb. 11, followed by a visit from La Salle on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2:00.
Damian Saunders, who entered the game ranked third nationally with 16 double-doubles, finished with 27 points, 16 rebounds, two steals and two blocks ... the 27 points eclipsed his previous career high of 24 set earlier this season vs. Binghamton ... his 17 double-doubles are the most by a Duquesne player since Bruce Atkins had 22 in 1980-81 ... Saunders needs 14 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
The game was played in the midst of a winter storm that dropped over 20 inches of snow in the D.C. area in 24 hours ... Duquesne's team bus was unable to get out of the snow at the team hotel for the .5 mile trip to the Smith Center ... the team was shuttled through unplowed side streets in a pair of 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Duquesne went 15-of-29 from the foul line ... DU missed seven free throws in each half.
Duquesne's last win at George Washington came on Jan. 8, 2000 (94-89) ... the victory ended a six-game DU losing streak at the Smith Center.