Dukes Top George Washington, 78-73

Feb. 19, 2003

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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 held the lead from the 15:15 mark of the second half to the final horn.
  • GW erased a 21-9 DU lead to take a 39-37 lead at the half.
  • The game was Tricco's sixth with five or more 3-pointers this season.
  • The Dukes outscored the Colonials 42-16 in the paint and enjoyed a 30-18 edge on the boards.
  • Duquesne took 25 shots in both periods, hitting 14 in the first half and 15 in the closing stanza.




Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:

"I thought this was as hard as we've played all year. Our kids really responded with a lot of passion.

"I think the turning point was when we dug in on the defensive end and got stops [in the second half]. Again, the effort on part of the whole team was outstanding."

Duquesne forward Brad Midgley:

"It was ugly at the end. We wanted to keep our composure. My career is winding down and I realize that. I'm just going out there and playing as hard as I can."

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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.


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