GW Men's Hoops Routs Duquesne, 79-57, for Third Straight Road Win
Victory Sets Up Saturday Showdown Versus #14 Butler at Smith Center
Feb. 6, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The George Washington men's basketball team used a 32-7 run early in the first half to roll to a 79-57 victory over Duquesne in Atlantic 10 action at the A.J. Palumbo Center on Wednesday night.
It marked the third straight A-10 road victory for GW (11-10, 5-3 A-10), which snapped a three-game slide at Duquesne (7-15, 0-8 A-10).
The victory sets up a key A-10 showdown at the Smith Center on Saturday as GW hosts No. 14 Butler (19-4, 6-2 A-10), the highest ranked opponent to visit the facility since 2000. The contest is part of GW's Homecoming Weekend and is sold out to the general public. The win also moved head coach Mike Lonergan within two of 400 career victories (398-187).
Four Colonials reached double figures led by a game- and season-high 19 points from guard Lasan Kromah, who also chipped in six rebounds and a game-high four steals. Forward Isaiah Armwood posted his sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds and added a game-high four blocks. Freshman guard Joe McDonald finished with 11 points and rookie forward Kevin Larsen provided his second straight 10-point outing.
Duquesne opened with a pair of Sean Johnson three-pointers - his only two field goals of the game - for a 6-0 lead after 1:43 of play, but Johnson went 0-for-5 the rest of the night and finished with seven points.
GW responded to Duquesne's opening push with 14 unanswered and 32 of the next 39 points to surge to a 32-13 lead with 9:49 left in the first half. Kromah came off the bench and scored 13 of his 19 points in a span of 3:50 during the spurt to give the Colonials a comfortable cushion they wouldn't relinquish.
The Dukes managed to get as close as seven at 40-33 with 2:23 left before half, but the Colonials led 45-35 at the break and the margin never dipped below double digits the rest of the night.
GW limited Duquesne to 29.6 percent shooting in the second half to cruise to its first win in the Palumbo Center since 2006. Derrick Colter led the Dukes with 18 points, six assists and four steals, followed by 14 from Jeremiah Jones.
Paced by Armwood's double-double, the Colonials posted their largest rebounding advantage of the season at 47-27 and equaled their biggest edge in points in the paint at 44-14.
GW shot 50.8 percent (32-63) to improve to 7-1 this season when making more than half its shots. The Colonials also moved to 8-2 when scoring more than 70 points, and 8-2 when holding their opponent to less than 60.
Saturday's showdown against Butler will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, streamed live on RaiseHigh.tv and broadcast live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.