Late Surge Lifts GW Over Duquesne Men, 56-51
Feb. 25, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - George Washington outscored Duquesne 5-1 in the final minute to pull away for a 56-51 win over the Dukes at Smith Center.
The loss was the third in a row for Duquesne which dropped to 15-13 overall and 6-8 in the Atlantic 10. The win was the second in the past nine games for GW which moved to 10-18 in clinching a top 12 finish and a spot in the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship.
David Pellom and Lasan Kromah led George Washington with 11 points each. B.J. Monteiro was the lone Duquesne player in double figures with a game-high 13. Kadeem Pantophlet added 9 and Sean Johnson scored 6 of his 8 in the second half for DU.
GW, which never trailed in the second half, was up 51-48 when Monteiro scored and was fouled with 58 seconds left. Monteiro missed the free throw but Johnson grabbed his team-high sixth rebound for DU.
Following a timeout, Monteiro drove the right side and missed a contested attempt that was rebounded by Bryan Bynes. On the ensuing possession, Mike Talley was called for a foul at midcourt sending Tony Taylor to the line for two shots. Taylor made the first and missed the second which was rebounded by Pellom. Monteiro picked up his fifth foul on the play sending Pellom to the line for two shots. Pellom made both to put GW up four with 27 seconds left. Talley was fouled and made the second of two free throws to cut the lead to 54-51.
DU then forced a turnover, but a Johnson drive was rejected by Pellom with 11 seconds left. The Duquesne bench reacted immediately, contending that Pellom reached through the rim for the block but to no avail, Bynes hit two free throws for the final margin.
"It was a grind-it-out kind of game," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "We had our opportunities, but we could never take advantage of our opportunities at the right time. We fought hard and were in position to win, we just didn't come away with it."
Duquesne shot under 40 percent for the third consecutive game, finishing at 37.3 percent. DU held GW to 31.8 percent in the second half and 43.8 percent for the game. The Dukes were hurt on the glass where they were outrebounded 42-24. George Washington enjoyed a 16-7 advantage in second chance points. Both teams struggled from the foul line with GW going 13 of 21 and DU converting just 9 of 17 attempts.
There were six ties and six lead changes in the first half, with neither team leading by more than three, before GW went on an 8-1 run to take a 28-21 lead on a Pellom layup with 2:33 left. Duquesne, which shot 33.3 percent in the first half, cut it to three on an Andre Marhold bucket before the Colonials scored the last three points to take a 31-25 lead.
The 25 points were the second-lowest first half total of the season for the Dukes. George Washington shot 53.8 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Duquesne hits the road again to face Charlotte on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 7:30.
The loss snapped a four-game series win streak for Duquesne.
With his 4 assists T.J. McConnell is now two shy of breaking Clayton Adams' (159 in 1988-89) single-season record for assists by a sophomore ... McConnell's 158 assists rank sixth on DU's all-time single-season list (the record of 194 was set by Aaron Jackson in 2008-09) ... McConnell went without a steal for just the second time this season ... his 79 steals are the third-most in school single-season history behind the school record 91 he set last season and the 89 posted by Damian Saunders in 2009-10.
Eric Evans, who had 3 points and 1 assist, is one assist shy of becoming just the 10th player in school history to post 1,000 points (1,011) and 300 assists (299) ... Evans currently ranks 34th on the all-time scoring list.
Kadeem Pantophlet came off the bench to score 9 points in 17 minutes ... the 9 points were his most since he had 11 against Saint Joseph's on Jan. 4.
Duquesne is 2-11 when scoring under 70 points this season.