Dukes Top George Washington, 78-73
Feb. 19, 2003
Duquesne's Brad Midgley hit three of four free throws in the final 13 seconds to put an end to George Washington's comeback attempt in a 78-73 Duquesne win at the Palumbo Center.
Duquesne, who led by 12 with just over four minutes to go, saw its lead cut to two when GW's Pops Mensah-Bonsu hit one of two free throws after an intentional foul was called on DU's Ron Dokes with 37 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, the Colonials' Chris Monroe misfired on a 3-point attempt that was tracked down by Duquesne's Elijah Palmer. Palmer, who was fouled on the play, missed the front end of a one-and-one but Midgley came out of a pileup with the ball and was fouled with 13 seconds left and the Dukes clinging to a 75-73 lead. Midgley missed the first and made the second to put Duquesne up three. With a chance to tie, Monroe rushed a 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of a quickly closing Dokes that barely caught the bottom of the net. Midgley rebounded the miss, was fouled and hit both free throws with four seconds left for the final margin.
Duquesne's Jimmy Tricco, who hit five 3-pointers, tied Monroe for game scoring honors with 21. Palmer and Kevin Forney added 16 each for the Dukes who shot a season-best 58 percent from the field. Midgley had a game-high nine rebounds.
George Washington, who shot 61.9 percent in building a 39-37 halftime lead, was held to 41.7 percent shooting in the second half.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:
Duquesne forward Brad Midgley:
The Dukes travel to Amherst to face Massachusetts (10-14, 4-7) on Sunday, Feb. 23. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. UMass, winner of two in a row (54-53 vs. Richmond and 82-76 at St. Bonaventure), is idle this week. The Minutemen are 7-5 at home this season.