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George Washington Never Trails, Beats Duquesne

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Kevin Larsen made a pair of free throws to open up the nightcap for GW against Duquesne, giving the Colonials a 2-0 lead. From that point there were zero lead changes or ties as sixth seeded George Washington led for the remaining 39 minutes in their 73-55 win over the tenth seeded Dukes. Joe McDonald was on fire from deep as he knocked down 4 of 5 threes for his 12 points in the game.

Kevin Larsen finished with a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, though he struggled from the floor shooting just 3-9. Yuta Watanabe, one of four Japanese-born players in the history of division-1 basketball, scored 12 while grabbing 6 rebounds. In case you were wondering, the other three are K.J. Matsui (Columbia), Taishi Ito (Portland), and Michael Takahashi (Cal State Northridge). Watanabe said that he was proud of performance on the national stage and pointed out his three big offensive rebounds after the game. Patricio Garino also pitched in 12 points for GW.

Micah Mason put on quite a show in the losing effort for the Dukes, scoring a game-high 22 points on 8-13 from the floor and 6-9 from deep. Mason’s backcourt star Derrick Colter wasn’t as fortunate, shooting just 3-13 from the floor and 1-5 from deep. As a team, Duquesne shot just 29 percent in the second half and 34 percent overall.

Last night the Dukes blocked 12 Saint Louis shots, tying an Atlantic 10 Tournament record. Tonight they had just 5 and lost the battle of points in the paint, 32-16 to the Colonials. After the game Garino said, “We were aware of the blocks, we had to go around Lewis and outmuscle them to take the upper edge.”

GW will take on the A-10’s number three finisher, Rhode Island in the nightcap tomorrow night. The Colonials lost the only meeting between the two teams 59-55 in late January.

 

Scott Zolotorow