George Washington (10-10) at Duquesne (7-14)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 6, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406) -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Television: None. Home Record: GWU 5-5. Duquesne 6-4. Away Record: GWU 4-5,
Duquesne 1-9. Neutral Record: GWU 1-0, Duquesne 0-1. Conference Record: GWU
4-3, Duquesne 0-7. Series Record: GWU leads, 43-27.
GAMES NOTES: Still in search of their first conference victory, the Duquesne
Dukes host the George Washington Colonials in an Atlantic 10 Conference tussle
at the Palumbo Center on Wednesday night.
George Washington had won three straight games before an 80-71 setback against
La Salle on Saturday. The loss evened the Colonials' overall record at 10-10,
while dropping their league mark to just 4-3. In away contests George
Washington has battled to a 4-5 ledger but will next face a tough home
test against No. 14 Butler.
As for Duquesne its last time out ended in yet another loss as the Dukes were
taken out by St. Bonaventure, 68-60. The loss was the ninth straight loss for
the Dukes and the seventh in as many ties against league foes. On the season
the Dukes have twice as many losses as wins with a record of 7-14. Duquesne
has managed a 6-4 mark at the Palumbo Center but it has lost its last two
there. Duquesne will host Xavier next.
Duquesne had won four straight meetings with George Washington before the
Colonials picked up a 56-51 victory last season. The Colonials lead the all-
time series 43-27, although the Dukes have an 18-16 edge when the teams match
up in Pittsburgh.
Points from beyond the arc were crucial in George Washington's loss to La
Salle. The Colonials had as many attempts from 3-point range as the Explorers
had 3-point field goals with 11. George Washington hit on just three of those
attempts and lost despite holding the Explorers to 42.6 percent shooting
overall, while hitting on 49.1 percent of their own shots.
Despite the efforts of Isaiah Armwood (12.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg), George Washington
has largely struggled on the offensive end of the floor.. The Colonials are
only netting 66.2 points per game, which is the one of the four worst marks in
the Atlantic 10 this season. Still the Colonials have managed to stay afloat
by holding teams to 62.8 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting on the
defensive end of the floor. Armwood is one of just two players on the roster
scoring in double figures, fitting in as the second best rebounder in the
Atlantic 10. Patricio Garino (10.0 ppg) is the only other player putting in
more than 9.5 points per game.
Both teams really lit it up from 3-point range in Duquesne's loss to St.
Bonaventure. The two teams combined to knock down 23 3-pointers with the Dukes
contributing 11. However the Dukes had two fewer total field goals and a 12-9
deficit from the free-throw line.
Duquesne can boast a bit better offensive production than the Colonials.
Duquesne is scoring 68.3 points per game despite shooting at the third worst
percentage from the field among Atlantic 10 squads (.412). Where the Dukes
have been falling short is on the defensive end where they are being lit up
for 74.1 points per game. Sean Johnson (13.0 ppg) and Derrick Colter (12.7
ppg, 5.0 apg) lead the way as a solid one-two punch in the backcourt. Kadeem
Pantophlet (5.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg) is one of the better rebounders on the squad but
suffers from a poor shooting percentage (.383). Quevyn Winters (8.2 ppg) has
made the bulk of his contributions coming off the bench.
The Colonials should be able to find a bit more offensive success against the
porous Dukes who will struggle if George Washington plays to its capability on
the defensive end.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: George Washington 69, Duquesne 63
02/06 10:36:08 ET
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