Ovie Soko has topped the 20-point mark in each of the Dukes' past three games.
Feb. 3, 2014
Game 21: DUQUESNE (10-10, 2-5) at GEORGE WASHINGTON (17-4, 5-2)
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 7:00 EST Washington D.C. Smith Center (4,338)
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)
Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Duquesne, which saw a two-game win streak snapped in a 71-63 defeat at La Salle on Saturday, heads to Washington D.C. to face George Washington (17-4, 5-2) on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 p.m. (WPGB-FM 104.7).
SERIES QUICK NOTES
This is the 72nd meeting in a series that dates to Jan. 21, 1932 ... GW leads the series 44-27, including a 38-22 lead in Atlantic 10 regular season games ... in games played at Washington D.C., GW holds a 24-7 advantage.
DU saw a four-game series win streak snapped in its last trip to GW (56-51 in 2012) ... the four-game streak was the Dukes' longest in the series since 1989-90 ... the Colonials won 79-57 at Pittsburgh last year ... GW won 26 of 31 games prior to DU's four-game streak.
Duquesne has scored 51 and 57 points in two games against Mike Longeran-coached GW teams ... DU coach Jim Ferry is 0-1 against the Colonials.
ON THE COLONIALS
GW, picked to finish 10th in the A-10 preseason poll, has been one of the league's early surprises with a 5-2 conference record ... the Colonials (17-4, 5-2), who have received votes in both the AP and Coaches Polls, are 10-0 at home ... GW, which returned all five starters, was bolstered by the addition of graduate student Indiana transfer Maurice Creek who is averaging a team-high 14.4 ppg. ... Creek missed GW's 75-65 loss at Dayton on Saturday due to illness ... the Colonials were also without starting PG Joe McDonald (8.1 ppg., 4.1 apg.) who is day-to-day with a hip injury ... guard Kethan Savage (13.4 ppg.) is out 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in his foot ... second-year Villanova transfter 6-9 Isaiah Armwood (11.6 ppg.) leads the team in rebounding (8.4 rpg.) and blocked shots (46).
GW, missing three starters who average a combined 35.9 ppg., saw a five-game win streak snapped in a 75-65 loss at Dayton on Saturday.
This is the third consecutive road game for the Dukes who are 4-4 in away games. George Washington (10-0) is one of three A-10 teams who has yet to lose at home this season (VCU and UMass are the others).
Jerry Jones (in 2012) and Dominique McKoy (in 2012 while at Rhode Island) are the only two Dukes who have played in a game at GW's Smith Center.
Duquesne ranks second in the A-10 in assists/g (15.1 apg.) and third is scoring (76.2 ppg.). DU, which has had more assists than turnovers in 16 of 20 games, has posted 20 or more assists three times. DU leads the A-10 with a +1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Micah Mason is 14-of-20 from 3-point since going 0-of-4 at VCU. He hit five "3s" vs. both Saint Louis & St. Bonaventure. Mason, who is shooting .609 from 3-point, has 38 assists and seven turnovers on the season.
Ovie Soko is the only A-10 player ranked in the Top 10 in scoring (18.4) and rebounding (7.6), has scored 20 or more in each of DU's past three games.
Tra'Vaughn White, who scored 20 points in his first six A-10 g., broke out with 13 points (all in 13 second-half min.) at La Salle. It was his top scoring game since Jan. 2 vs. App St. (14 pts).
AT HOME ON THE LINE
Senior forward Ovie Soko in on pace to have one of the most prolific free throw shooting seasons in Duquesne history. The first-year UAB transfer is averaging 9.9 attempts, above the school record set by All-American Sihugo Green (9.56) in 1955-56.
NCAA TOP INTERNATIONAL SCORERS
through games of Feb. 2
London native Ovie Soko began the week ranked second among NCAA Division I international scorers:
20.0 -- Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico (Australia)
18.4 -- OVIE SOKO, DUQUESNE (England)
18.3 -- Pablo Bertone, Florida Atlantic (Argentina)
18.1 -- Melvin Ejim, Iowa State (Canada)
17.9 -- Olivier Hanlan, Boston College (Canada)
17.8 -- Nik Stauskas, Michigan (Canada)
UP NEXT: Duquesne returns to Pittsburgh for back-to-back home games against George Mason (Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2:00 p.m.) and Richmond (Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m.).