Once again, it was too little too late for the Dukes.
Trailing by as many as 14 in the second half to George Washington, they were able to tie the game at 56 on a Tarin Smith jumper with 4:24 left. The Colonials would regain the lead shortly after, but the Dukes would have a chance to win the game on their last shot thanks to a Tyler Cavanaugh missed free throw.
Unfortunately Rene Castro’s game winning three pointer clanged off the iron, giving the Colonials a 65-63 win, their second win in the A-10. The Dukes drop to 9-10 on the year and 2-4 in the conference.
Castro came off the bench to lead the Dukes in scoring with 13. It was the third time this season the Butler transfer has led the team in scoring and the second time in A-10 play. Though his three at the end of regulation did not fall, Castro was the only Dukes player to make more than one shot from beyond the arch. Overall, it was another brutal night from three. The Dukes went 4-21 from deep after going 3-21 in their previous loss to Dayton at PPG Paints Arena Saturday afternoon.
The Colonials were the exact opposite from beyond the arch tonight. They shot a scorching hot 70% over the first 10 minutes of the game, stretching their lead to double digits early on and finished the game 11-25 from three point range.
Along with threes, inconsistency at the foul line plagued the Dukes again. They shot a dismal 7-13 from the charity stripe while the Colonials were not too much better at 6-10. Mike Lewis II, who finished the game with 11, was the only Duke to go perfect at the line tonight, finishing 5-5. On the flip side, Lewis was 0-4 from three.
Next up for the Dukes is a home date with Rhode Island Saturday afternoon at the A.J. Palumbo Center. The Rams are 11-6 and 3-2 in conference play on the year. They were previously ranked as high as 21 in mid-December before a two game losing streak kicked them out of the polls. In true road games this season, the Rams are 1-4 with their only win coming against St. Louis. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 pm and you can catch the game on NBC Sports Network.