George Washington Tops Duquesne, 88-80

March 3, 2007

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Damian Hollis posted his first career double-double with a career-high 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead George Washington to a 88-80 victory over Duquesne on Saturday.

Rob Diggs added 17 points and keyed a 20-8 second half run for the Colonials (20-8, 11-5 Atlantic-10), who secured a first-round bye in the upcoming Atlantic-10 tournament and posted their third consecutive 20-win season.

Robert Mitchell scored 28 points and Kieron Achara added 22 for the Dukes (10-18, 6-10), who dropped their seventh straight game.

The Colonials' underclassman led the way on a day when three seniors were honored prior to their final home game and the team's leading scorer, Maureece Rice, did not play in the second half.

Leading 58-57 with just under 10 minutes remaining, the freshman Hollis hit a jump shot and Diggs, a sophomore, scored the games next five points, starting the decisive run that saw the Colonials extend their lead to 78-65.

The Dukes chipped away over the final minutes and trailed 85-80 with 18 seconds remaining but could get no closer.

The Colonials, who have defeated the Dukes six straight times, led 40-36 at the end of a frenetic first half that saw a combined 24 turnovers.

Colonials coach Karl Hobbs indicated that Rice sat out much of the game do to the loss of his grandmother, who passed away Friday.

Both teams head to the conference tournament, which starts March 7 in Atlantic City, N.J.

GW secured the No. 3 seed and will play the winner of the #6 Saint Joseph's-#11 Temple game on Thursday at 9 p.m. at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. The SJU-Temple game will be played Wednesday at 9 p.m.



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