Dukes Bow to George Washington, 86-63
Feb. 21, 2004
George Washington turned 22 Duquesne turnovers into 30 points to extend its winning streak to five in defeating the Dukes 86-63 at the Palumbo Center. The GW win, combined with Dayton's 67-60 loss at Xavier, moved the Colonials into a first place tie with the Flyers in the Atlantic 10 West. The loss was Duquesne's fifth in a row and dropped the Dukes to 4-9 in A10 play. J.R. Pinnock and Mike Hall led George Washington with 19 and 18 points respectively, while Ryan Tricco and Kieron Achara led four Dukes in double figures with 11 points each.
George Washington took advantage of poor Duquesne shooting to build an early 22-8 lead, as Duquesne missed 13 of its first 15 shots. The Dukes then hit eight shots in a row to cut the lead to three on a Jack Higgins 3-pointer with just under six minutes to go in the half. Duquesne was down 40-36 at the 2:28 mark before GW closed the half with an 8-2 run to build a 48-38 cushion.
Duquesne held George Washington to one field goal over the first seven minutes of the second half to climb within four on a Jimmy Tricco 3-pointer which made the score 53-49. GW led by five with 11:27 left before outscoring the Dukes 28-10 down the stretch to win going away.
Duquesne, which came into the game having allowed just two opponents to shoot better than 50 percent from the field in a single game, was victimized by George Washington for the second time this season as the Colonials, which shot 50.8 percent in an 83-63 win on Jan. 24, converted a DU opponent-best 60.4 percent of its shots. Duquesne, which went 8-of-23 from the 3-point arc, shot 39.3 percent for the game.
Ryan Tricco, whose 11 points were a career high, and Achara, who scored in double figures for the third consecutive game in his first career start, were the bright spots for the Dukes. Jimmy Tricco and Elijah Palmer scored 10 points apiece for Duquesne.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: