Men's Basketball Dropped by Duquesne
Duquesne shoots 48 percent to hand GW a 69-52 defeat and snap the Colonials' three-game winning streak
PITTSBURGH -- After opening A-10 play with a win against Saint Joseph's and extending its winning streak to three games on Saturday, the George Washington men's basketball team hit the road to Pittsburgh for a date with a resurgent Duquesne team on Wednesday. The Dukes also won their conference opener against last season's regular season champion, Dayton, and entered play with a chance to surpass their win total from all of last season (10) with a victory against GW. Unfortunately for the Colonials, that's exactly what Duquesne got in a 69-52 victory over GW.
Duquesne won for the ninth time in 10 games and extended its home winning streak to eight games, while improving to 11-4 on the season and 2-0 in A-10 play. The Dukes came out torrid and didn't allow GW to find its footing in the Colonials' first road game of the conference slate. In the first 15 minutes of action Duquesne blitzed GW with 65 percent shooting from the floor to surge to an early 32-21 edge. GW stayed close by closing the stanza on a 6-0 run to draw within five at 34-29 heading into the halftime locker room as the defense finally stood its ground and held the Dukes scoreless for the final 3:07 of the opening period.
The second half saw GW try to stay close, and despite trimming the halftime margin of five to three a trio of times, the Dukes always had an answer. Duquesne led by 11 at the under 8:00 media timeout, 53-42, as GW attempted a final push. The home team would have none of it though and extended to a 19-point lead at its largest, as the Colonials just couldn't find their range.
Yuta Watanabe and Patrick Steeves had matching 6-of-11 efforts from the field for GW to pace the squad with 15 and 14 points, respectively, but the balance of the Colonials found the rims at the AJ Palumbo Center to be unfriendly in a combined 9-of-34 outing. Watanabe also led the way for GW on the boards with eight rebounds, while Steeves registered a team-high tying assist total, albeit on just a pair of dimes.
Duquesne freshman Eric Williams Jr. had no trouble getting the shooters' bounce on his home hoops and he connected on 8-of-13 shots, including 5-of-6 from three-point range, to net a game-high 21 points while double-doubling with 12 rebounds. Rene Castro-Caneddy joined his teammate in double figures in the scoring column with 12 points while dishing a game-high five assists.
For GW, its record now even in the conference at 1-1 and 8-7 overall, the task doesn't get any easier with the preseason conference title pick URI Rams coming to town on Saturday. Tip time for the Colonials-Rams showdown at the Charles E. Smith Center on January 6th is 4pm.
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