Duquesne Loses to George Mason, 79-72
December 2, 2002
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: