Men's Basketball Falls to Duquesne, 84-59
Colonials Commit Season-High 26 Turnovers
Feb. 2, 2011
PITTSBURGH, PA - George Washington's Tony Taylor scored 17 of his team-high 21 points in the first half but the Colonials were not able to take care of the ball in an 84-59 loss to Duquesne Wednesday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center. GW committed a season-high 26 turnovers that the Dukes converted into 29 points and pulled away to the easy victory.
Duquesne raced out to a 12-2 lead to begin the game and it looked like the rout was on but Taylor single-handedly shot the Colonials back into the game with seven points on three quick field goals en route to his 17-point first half.
B.J. Monteiro matched Taylor point for point with 14 of DU's first 21 points and the Dukes built a 43-31 lead at the break. Monteiro finished with 19 points.
An unusual technical foul was called late in the first half on the Duquesne bench when officials said a DU player attempted to trip a GW player from the bench during play. Taylor went to the line and converted both technical free throws to get the Colonials within five (31-26). Eric Evans pulled up for a jumper as the first half expired to give Duquesne its 12-point advantage at halftime. Things went downhill from there for GW as Duquesne's lead ballooned to as much as 29 (72-43) at the 8:42 mark of the second half and they were never threatened the rest of the way.
Duquesne (16-5, 8-0 A-10) was led by Bill Clark's 23-point, 10-rebound double-double, one of five Dukes in double figures. The victory was the Dukes' 11th straight, all by double-digit margins, and they now sit alone atop the A-10 standings.
GW shot better from long range (10-for-22 for 45.5 percent) than from the field (19-46, 41.3 percent) but hit 55 percent (11-20) from the line. Bryan Bynes nailed 4-of-7 from beyond the arc to keep GW in the game.
The Dukes shot 49.1 percent overall including 55.1 percent (16-for-29) in the first half.
GW (11-10, 4-3 A-10) next travels to Charlotte (9-13, 1-7 A-10) for the first of two regular-season meetings on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Halton Arena. The GW-Charlotte game will tip at 2 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on 1500AM, 820AM as well as at FederalNewsRadio.com. Live stats will be available at GWsports.com.