PITTSBURGH — Duquesne came into Saturday afternoon’s Atlantic 10 contest against George Washington looking to reverse its fortune after dropping three of the past four games and were able to accomplish just that with an 85-69 victory at A.J. Palumbo Center.
Duquesne redshirt sophomore guard Frankie Hughes recorded 21 points, all of which came on a career-high seven made three-point shots.
Frankie Hughes! His SIXTH three of the day! pic.twitter.com/35m5jf43LM
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Hughes was one of four Duquesne players to score in double figures with Eric Williams, Jr. (22), Sincere Carry (15) and Marcus Weathers (12), rounding out the quartet.
George Washington had three players reach double figures, led by redshirt junior guard DJ Williams who scored 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Sophomore guard Maceo Jack (20) and sophomore guard Terry Nolan Jr (16) also contributed to the Colonials cause.
Duquesne had 25 points on 17 GW turnovers and out-rebounded the Colonials, 16-8 on the offensive end. The Dukes also had nine steals in Saturday’s effort.
Carry missed practice in the week leading up to the game in order to keep his knee fresh. Last week, Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot stated his was going to treat his freshman guard as a swimmer and his status for this game was in question.
Duquesne opened the game on a 13-2 run that was interrupted by a GW timeout. It was clear that Duquesne set both a quick and aggressive pace that the Colonials did not immediately match up to.
At halftime, Duquesne led by a 47-41 score, its first halftime advantage in two weeks and most points scored in the first half of a game since the team’s Dec. 5 contest against Marshall.
With 6:33 remaining in regulation, GW’s Nolan was called for an offensive foul and there was a shove between him and Michael Hughes. Nolan was assessed a technical foul for the play, as was Tavian Dunn-Martin who entered the fray. For his part, Hughes offered a wide smile, high stepped down the court and encouraged the fans to make noise.
After the technical foul, Duquesne outscored GW 15-5.
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Duquesne will not play for another week, when it travels to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason. Duquesne has won four of the last five contests against the Patriots.