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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Smith Center (4,338) -- Washington, DC. Television: none. Home Record: Duquesne 6-5, GW 10-0. Away Record: Duquesne 4-4, GW 4-3. Neutral Record: Duquesne 0-1, GW 3-1. Conference Record: Duquesne 2-5, GW 5-2. Series Record: George Washington leads, 44-27.
GAME NOTES: The George Washington Colonials had their five-game winning streak broken Saturday, but will try to start another string when they host Duquesne in Atlantic 10 action.
The Colonials are unbeaten in 10 home games this season and have captured 11 in a row as the host. GW, though, is coming off a 75-65 loss to Dayton on Saturday. Patricio Garino and Isaiah Armwood both tallied 19 points, with the latter pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds. Kevin Larsen recorded a double- double with 14 points and 10 boards. That snapped GW's longest conference victory streak since the 2006-07 season.
GW played without starting point guard Joe McDonald, who was out with a hip injury. Also, leading scorer Maurice Creek didn't play due to an illness. Both players will reportedly be out of the lineup against the Dukes. It's just the latest blow to a team that is already missing guard Kethan Savage, who is sidelined because of a foot fracture.
GW's average margin of victory at home is 18.5 points. This will be the start of a two-game homestand with a contest on Saturday against Fordham. The last home defeat for the Colonials came March 2, 2013 against Saint Louis. They have won 13 of the last 15 at home versus the Dukes. This game may be a struggle, though, for GW if Creek and McDonald don't play. They got only six points from their bench against Dayton, but will need the likes of senior forward Nemanja Mikic (5.0 ppg) and freshman guard Miguel Cartagena (1.4 ppg) to take on more of a scoring role as Creek (14.4 ppg) and McDonald (8.1 ppg) along with Savage (13.4 ppg) represent over 48 percent of the 74.5 point total for the Colonials.
Armwood (11.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg) is fourth in the A-10 in rebounding, and Larsen (11.8 ppg) is shooting 56.1 percent from the field, which is among the top 10 in the conference.
Duquesne had its two-game win streak snapped with Saturday's 71-63 setback at La Salle. Ovie Soko led all scorers with 23 points and added eight rebounds. Tra'Vaughn White contributed 13 points in the loss, which was Duquesne's fifth in its last seven games.
The Dukes, who rank second in the A-10 in assists (15.1 apg), are led offensively by Soko (18.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg). The senior forward has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three contests. Forward Dominique McKoy (10.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg) is the only other player averaging double figures. Micah Mason (9.5 ppg) leads the conference in 3-point field-goal percentage (.609) by making 39-of-64 attempts.
The Colonials will be challenged offensively without Creek and McDonald, but their defense has proven to be solid so far this season as they are giving up 65.7 ppg, which is the second-fewest points in the A-10. This game will be a challenge though, as the Dukes are third in the conference at 76.2 ppg.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: George Washington 79, Duquesne 72
02/05 10:33:00 ET
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