Rarely do two college basketball teams play each other on back-to-back days, but in the 2020-21 season, nothing has gone as expected, especially for Duquesne.
On Sunday, the Dukes took on George Washington for the second straight day, losing by a final score of 75-73, a day after defeating the same Colonials team just a day before.
With 18 seconds remaining in the game, Duquesne led 73-72 with possession under its own basket. However, a traveling violation by Sincere Carry gave the ball back to the Colonials, giving them a chance to win the game with 15 seconds left.
GW guard James Bishop then came down and drained a 3-pointer from the wing, giving George Washington its ninth 3-pointer of the game and a 75-73 lead.
After an inbound play set up for forward Marcus Weathers came up short, the buzzer sounded and the game was over.
After a very rocky, turnover-filled first half, the Dukes came out with a chip on their shoulder in the second frame, kickstarted by multiple second-chance opportunities inside by Weathers, including two and-one layups.
More back and forth action ensued throughout the half, including Duquesne going on a 14-5 run with eight minutes remaining, giving them their first lead since early in the first half. However, George Washington’s shooting numbers and Duquesne’s turnover troubles proved to be too much for the Dukes.
Weathers continued his strong start to the season, and filled the stat sheet for the Dukes down the stretch, finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds, including 7 offensive boards.
After Saturday’s 14-point, 100% shooting performance, freshman Toby Okani did not play as large of a role in the second matchup, finishing Sunday’s contest with just two points and two rebounds. Tavian Dunn-Martin also delivered a strong performance, scoring ten points to go along with five rebounds.
George Washington was led by Jamison Battle, who finished with a game-high 29 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Former Syracuse forward Matt Moyer also had a strong game, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds after pulling in 11 on Saturday. With the win, the Colonials now sit at 3-7 with a 2-1 record in Atlantic 10 conference play.
Pitt transfer Ryan Murphy was one of 13 players to see the floor for Duquesne, contributing four minutes for the Dukes with one steal, one rebound, and one assist.
According to BetOnline, Duquesne was an eight-point favorite heading into Sunday’s contest. With today’s two-point loss, Keith Dambrot’s squad fell to 2-2 against the spread.
Duquesne will look to improve on their 3-1, 2-2 start when they travel back to Pittsburgh to take on Davidson at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5.