George Washington Overpowers Dukes, 79-57
Feb. 6, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Lasan Kromah scored 19 points and Isaiah Armwood added 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks to lead George Washington (11-10, 5-3) to a 79-57 win over Duquesne (7-15, 0-8) at the Palumbo Center.
The Colonials, who shot 50.8 percent, dominated on the glass outrebounding the Dukes 47-27 and outscoring DU 44-14 in the paint.
Duquesne, which trailed by double digits for the entire second half, shot 35.1 percent and turned it over 18 times.
"We have to really out-tough people if we are going to compete" said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "I'm frustrated and its really disappointing, but we're going to keep fighting and trying to get better. We've got to get back to the drawing board."
Duquesne scored the first six points on a pair of Sean Johnson 3-pointers. From that point on, it was all George Washington as the Colonials put together a 32-7 run to take a 32-13 lead. Kromah, who had 15 in the first half, scored 13 during the run.
The Dukes, whose first 12 points came from the 3-point arc, didn't hit a two-point field goal until a Colter jumper made it 36-24 with 6:23 left in the half.
Duquesne managed to cut it to seven on another Colter jumper with 2:23 left before the Colonials built the lead to 45-35 at the half.
GW went up 15 on an Armwood dunk less than two minutes into the second half. The Colonials led by at least 17 for the game's final 9:51.
Duquesne returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 9, when it hosts Xavier at CONSOL Energy Center in the fourth annual Chuck Cooper Classic presented by PNC. The game, set for a 7:00 p.m. start, will be televised by Time Warner Cable and will air locally on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.
The last time Duquesne opened Atlantic 10 play 0-8 was in 2001-02 (0-8) in head coach Danny Nee's first season ... the last time DU lost eight conference games in a row was 2005-06 & 2006-07 (last nine games of 2006 under Nee and first one of 2007 under Ron Everhart) ... DU's 10-game overall losing streak is its longest since a 10-game streak during the 1999-00 (9-20) season.
Six-ten sophomore Derrick Martin, who played a career-high 15 minutes in Saturday's game at St. Bonaventure, made his first career start ... he finished with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 14 minutes.
Duquesne shot better from outside the 3-point arc (9-of-24, .375) than it did from inside the arc (11-of-33, .333).