GW Men's Hoops Carries Road Momentum to Duquesne on Wednesday
Feb. 5, 2013
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (10-10, 4-3 Atlantic 10)
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - George Washington men's basketball goes for its third consecutive road victory on Wednesday when it visits Atlantic 10 rival Duquesne. The Colonials will also seek to end a three-game slide against the Dukes inside their A.J. Palumbo Center.
GW, which has started four freshmen in each of its seven A-10 games, saw a three-game win streak end on Saturday with an 80-71 loss against La Salle at the Charles E. Smith Center. Isaiah Armwood was one of four double-digit scorers for the Colonials with a game-high 17 points and also led all players with nine rebounds and three blocks. Armwood made a pair of late three-pointers - his first triples since his freshman season at Villanova - to help GW trim a 20-point deficit to 70-65 with three minutes to play. However, the Explorers put six players in double-figures to fend off the Colonials' late rally.
With averages of 12.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, Isaiah Armwood is the lone player in the Atlantic 10 to average at least 12 points, eight boards and two blocks. He is among a small group of 15 players in NCAA Division I to boast those totals:
GW swept through New England two weeks ago, knocking off Massachusetts, 79-76, on Jan. 19 and Rhode Island, 66-65, four days later. The Colonials seek their first three-game win streak in true road games since capturing four straight A-10 road contests during the 2010-11 season (2/5/11 - 3/2/11 at Charlotte, UMass, La Salle and Rhode Island).
Coach Mike Lonergan enters Wednesday's game three wins shy of 400 career victories in his 20th season as a head coach. Lonergan trails only Temple's Fran Dunphy (458) and La Salle's Dr. John Giannini (431) as the A-10's winningest head coaches.
GW ended a four-game series skid against Duquesne with a 56-51 triumph at the Charles E. Smith Center last February 25. Neither team led by more than seven points, but the Colonials posted a 42-24 rebounding advantage and pulled away in the final minutes for an important A-10 Conference victory. The victory moved GW to 24-7 at home versus Duquesne and 43-27 in 70 all-time meetings dating back to 1932. The Colonials are 12-8 at the Palumbo Center, which opened prior to the 1988-89 season.
Duquesne remained winless in Atlantic 10 play and lost its ninth straight game overall with a 68-60 loss at St. Bonaventure on Saturday. The Dukes buried 11 three-pointers, but surrendered 12 triples to the Bonnies to fall to 1-10 away from home this season. Duquesne is 6-4 at the Palumbo Center this season and 16-9 at home the past two seasons.
The Dukes are led by the backcourt duo of senior Sean Johnson and freshman Derrick Colter, who pace the team in scoring at 13.0 and 12.7 points per game, respectively. Colter leads the team and is third in the A-10 with 5.0 assists per game. Forward Andre Marhold leads the team and is in the top 18 in the league in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and blocks (1.4 bpg).
Duquesne relies heavily on the three-point shot and ranks third in the Atlantic 10 with 8.0 triples made per game. Only A-10 rivals VCU (187-of-548) and Richmond (195-of-512) have made and attempted more three-pointers than the Dukes (169-of-510). Six Duquesne players have 18-or-more made threes, paced by Colter (36-of-118), freshman Quevyn Winters (33-of-96) and Johnson (26-of-81).
Jim Ferry is in his first season as head coach at Duquesne following a 10-year stint at LIU Brooklyn of the Northeast Conference. Ferry went 52-15 and won back-to-back NEC titles in his final two seasons with the Blackbirds from 2010-12. He also won 22 games in one season at Division III Plymouth State and 81 games in three seasons at Division II Adelphi.
GW will host its highest ranked opponent in 13 years when #14 Butler visits the Smith Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet Plus, streamed live on RaiseHigh.tv and broadcast live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM. GW Athletics will recognize the 20th anniversary of the men's basketball program's run to the 1993 NCAA Sweet 16 - the deepest postseason run in program history - as part of Homecoming weekend at Saturday's game.