PREVIEW: GW at DUQUESNE for RED OUT
Feb. 17, 2017



DUQUESNE MEN'S BASKETBALL GAMEDAY
Game 27 George Washington (13-13, 5-8) at Duquesne (10-16, 3-10)
Date | Time Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 12:00 p.m. ET
Location A.J. Palumbo Center (4,390) | Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Duquesne (10-16, 3-10), coming off a 96-66 win over UMass on Wednesday, faces George Washington (13-13, 5-8) in the second of three-straight home games on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 12:00 p.m. (NBCSN). The game, which will be DU's annual RED OUT, is the second of a home-and-home series. GW won the first meeting, 65-63, in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18.

QUICK NOTES
• Duquesne snapped an eight-game losing streak with its resounding win over UMass. The Dukes are 8-7 at home, including a 2-4 mark in A-10 play. GW, which is 3-7 on the road (1-6 in the A-10), is coming off a 74-63 loss at Davidson on Wednesday.

The Last Meeting
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Rene Castro's 3-point attempt glanced off the rim at the final horn, as George Washington survived a valiant Duquesne comeback to defeat the Dukes, 65-63, at Smith Center.

• Duquesne, which lost over 70 percent of its scoring from last season, has incorporated a number of newcomers into the 2016-17 rotation. DU's top four scorers - all starters - are first-year players: freshman Mike Lewis II (13.8 ppg.), graduate transfer Emile Blackman (12.1 ppg.), freshman Isiaha Mike (10.9 ppg.) and Nebraska transfer sophomore Tarin Smith (8.8 ppg.). None of DU's top seven scorers averaged more than 9.2 minutes per game last year.

• Lewis II & Mike have combined to earn Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week six times (three each). It is the first time DU has had two multiple Rookies of the Week in the same year. The last A-10 team to have two rookies earn the honor at least three times in a season is Saint Louis in 2005-06 (Tommie Liddell six times and Kevin Lisch three times).

SERIES QUICK NOTES
• This is the 79th meeting in a series that dates to Jan. 21, 1932 ... GW leads the series 50-28 (43-23 lead in Atlantic 10 regular season) ... in games played in Pittsburgh, the Dukes lead 19-18 ... GW has won eight of the past nine meetings, including the last four in a row ... the two have split the past four in Pittsburgh ... GW swept the series last season, winning 91-64 at Smith Center and rallying from a 13-point second half deficit to defeat the Dukes, 81-74, at Palumbo Center.

• DU has scored over 70 twice in the past nine meetings ... once in a 78-62 win at Palumbo Center in 2015 and once in GW's come-from-behind win at Palumbo Center last season ... DU coach Jim Ferry is 1-7 against GW.

• GW took the first meeting this season, 65-63 at the Smith Center on Jan. 18 ... Duquesne's Rene Castro had a chance to win it, but his 3-point attempt glanced off the rim at the final horn ... Castro scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half to lead the Duquesne charge ... Mike Lewis II and Emile Blackman added 11 points each for DU, which trailed by as many as 16 in the first half and by 14 with just over 16 minutes remaining.

• GW, in its first season under head coach Maurice Joseph, is coming off a 74-63 loss at Davidson on Wednesday ... the Colonials, who are 1-6 on the road in A-10 play, have lost four of their past five ... GW is led by preseason First Team All- A-10 pick, 6-9, 243-pound forward Tyler Cavanaugh (17.0, 7.9) ... Cavanaugh had 15 points and nine rebounds in the defeat at Davidson.

TRENDING
• Duquesne is shooting .531, including 24-of-43 from 3-point (.558) in its past two games. DU has averaged 88.5 points and assisted on 41 of 60 field goals (68%) over that span.

• Freshman guard Mike Lewis II (13.8 ppg.)has scored 20 or more in four of his past five games. Lewis II, who is averaging 15.8 ppg. in conference play, has eclipsed his scoring high in each of his last two outings with 24 at Saint Louis and 31 vs. UMass. He is 17-of-26 from the field (.654), including 11-of-13 from 3-point, in his past two games.

• Fellow freshman Isiaha Mike went 5-of-5 from the 3-point arc (9-of-12 overall) in scoring 23 points in 22 minutes vs. UMass. Mike added eight rebounds and three steals vs. the Minutemen.

• Lewis II (13.8 ppg.) and Mike (10.9 ppg.) are the highest scoring freshman duo in the Atlantic 10.

• Grad transfer Emile Blackman, who is averaging 13.9 ppg. in conference play, has scored in double digits in six-straight games. He is shooting .475, including 12-of-21 from 3-point (.571) over that span.

• Junior guard Rene Castro has turned it over just five times in 130 minutes over DU's past seven games. Castro has 31 assists and 13 turnovers in conference play. He is averaging 7.6 ppg. in A-10 games.

• DU has held eight teams under 40 percent shooting this season: Loyola, Md. (.365), UT Martin (.348), Cleveland State (.385), Pitt (.333), Jackson State (.355), Colgate (.371), at Fordham (.388) & UMass (.387). The Dukes are 7-1 in those games.

LAST GAME
Duquesne 96, UMass 66

• Duquesne led for all but 33 seconds in posting its highest point total and largest margin of victory this season.
• The Dukes led 51-34 at the half. The 51 points were DU's most in a first half this season. The 17-point halftime margin was also a season-best.
• DU assisted on a season-high 23 of its 32 field goals.
Mike Lewis II led the Dukes with a career-high 31 points. The 31 points were one shy of the DU freshman record set in 1915. It was the first 30-point game by a Duke in five years and most points by a Duquesne player since Melquan Bolding scored 32 vs. Fordham on Mar. 5, 2010.
• Lewis II missed his first six shots, made his final eight to finish 8-of-14. He scored 27 points in a span of 20 minutes from the 6:13 mark of the first half until heading to the bench for good with 6:13 left and the Dukes up 40.
• Lewis II went 6-of-7 from 3-point. He is the 14th player in school history to hit at least six "threes" in a game.
• Fellow freshman Isiaha Mike went 5-of-5 from the arc in adding 23 points, eight rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes.
Rene Castro added 11 points and a career-high six assists off the bench.
• Duquesne, which shot 50 percent, went 14-of-26 from 3-point.
• The 30-point margin of victory tied Duquesne's fifth-largest in a conference game. DU's largest lead was +42 (92-50) with 4:52 left.

NEXT UP
Duquesne completes its three-game homestand vs. Fordham on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. DU will retire the No. 13 jersey of 12-year NBA veteran Mike James in a pregame ceremony. In honor of James, tickets for Wednesday's game will be priced at $13.

 

 

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