Duquesne Loses to George Mason, 79-72

December 2, 2002

Box Score

Fairfax, Virginia -- Duquesne shot 57 percent from the field and hit 12-of-18 three-point attempts, but couldn't overcome 24 costly turnovers in a 79-72 loss at George Mason.

Jimmy Tricco, who made good on 6-of-8 three-point attempts led the Dukes with 20 points. Jesse Young and Mark Davis led George Mason with a game high 23 points each.

George Mason jumped out to an early 20-7 lead as the Dukes turned it over six times in the first seven minutes. Duquesne rallied behind three Tricco three-pointers to cut the lead to one before Ron Dokes gave the Dukes their first lead of the game at 31-30 with 5:40 to go in the half. Tricco then added a 35-footer at the buzzer to put the Dukes up 40-37 at intermission.

DU opened the second half with three consecutive turnovers as George Mason took a 42-40 lead. Following six lead changes, Mason took the lead for good on a Davis jumper at the 13:58 mark. Duquesne scored just one field goal and turned it over seven times from the 16:06 to the 8:35 mark but still trailed by only two when Brad Midgley canned a three-pointer with 5:38 left to cut the Colonials' lead to 62-60. GMU then ran off seven unanswered points for a 69-60 cushion with 3:08 to go. Tricco hit two more three pointers in the final three minutes, but the Dukes couldn't close the gap as George Mason hit 10-of-14 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Kevin Forney, Dokes and Midgley all scored 10 for DU. George Mason shot 62 percent from the field including a 7-of-14 effort from the three-point arc.


Duquesne Head Coach Danny Nee:

"You can't win a basketball game turning the ball over 24 times. We're just not executing in our halfcourt offense. The turnovers are just unacceptable. We shot the ball well enough to win. We didn't play defense well enough to win. I thought our effort was at a really high caliber. Protecting the ball, we have to get better with that. We've got to get back to the drawing board. Everything that is correctable is on our plate.

"I saw some bright spots. Jimmy Tricco is really getting the rust off. He really turned it up a notch."


  • DU finished its two-game road trip with 59 turnovers.

  • The Dukes wasted a 12-of-18 effort from the behind the arc.

  • DU assisted on 22 of 28 field goals.




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