Feb. 8, 2014
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PITTSBURGH - Sherrod Wright scored a game-high 23 points as George Mason ended a nine-game losing streak with its first Atlantic 10 win, 74-68 over Duquesne at the Palumbo Center.
Ovie Soko scored 21 for the Dukes (10-12, 2-7) who shot .418. Micah Mason, the nation’s leading 3-point shooter, hit four 3-pointers in adding 16 for DU.
Bryon Allen added 17 points for the Patriots (8-15, 1-8) who recorded their first road win since Nov. 12.
Duquesne took its only lead at 33-32 on a Dominique McKoy jumper less than a minute into the second half. The McKoy jumper was one of two field goals in DU’s first 13 second-half attempts, as George Mason took advantage of the cold shooting to build a 48-39 lead.
“We never got in sync as a team - defensively or offensively - even when we made that run and took that one-point lead.” said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. “It never felt like we were playing together.”
DU cut it to four twice on Mason 3-pointers with just under eight minutes and seven minutes left. Soko made it 55-52 on another 3-pointer, before the Patriots, who shot .619 in the second half, built the lead to 10 with an 8-1 run fueled by two buckets from Allen and a jumper from Wright.
The Dukes would get no closer than eight until a Jerry Jones dunk with nine seconds left.
“That’s a talented team that could very easily be 6-3 or 7-2 in the league,” said Ferry. “Everybody’s talented and everybody is dangerous. It just never clicked tonight and its too late in the season for that to be happening.”
George Mason, which shot .500, outrebounded the Dukes 36-30. The Patriots, who scored their last seven points from the foul line, outscored DU 20-12 from the charity stripe.
George Mason jumped out to a 16-8 lead as the Dukes missed nine of their first 12 shots.
Duquesne had just three field goals in the first 11:30 before Mason drained a 3-pointer and Soko followed with a layup to cut the George Mason lead to 16-14. George Mason, which never trailed in the first half, led by seven with just under five minutes left before Mason hit another 3-pointer with 15 seconds on the clock to cut to 32-31 at the half.
Duquesne completes a two-game homestand on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m. against Richmond (15-8, 5-3).
• This was the third consecutive A-10 game in which the Dukes were outrebounded ... they are 0-3 over that span.
• Micah Mason, who entered the game as the nation’s leading 3-point shooter (.583), went 4-of-5 from the arc to bring his overall percentage up to .597.
• This was Ovie Soko’s fourth 20-point game in his past five outings ... Soko leads the team with 10 20-point games ... Soko, who scored 564 points in three seasons at UAB prior to transferring, brought his career total to 966.
• L.G. Gill came off the bench to tie his career high with 7 points (2-of-4 from 3-point) ... the freshman also set a new career-high with 7 rebounds in 17 minutes.
• Dominique McKoy who had six or more rebounds in 18 of his first 21 games, was held to 0 in a foul-plagued 22 minutes.
• George Mason led for all but a 43 second span early in the second half ... the Patriots’ largest lead was 12 (67-55) with 1:59 left.
• Duquesne completes a two-game homestand on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m. against Richmond (15-8, 5-3).