GW Cruises to Easy Road Win over Duquesne
Men’s Basketball Writer
PITTSBURGH – Lasan Kromah scored 19 points off the bench and Isaiah Armwood secured another double-double as GW rolled to an easy 79-57 victory over Duquesne at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Armwood’s 14 points and 13 rebounds spearheaded a potent all-around effort that saw four Colonials finish with double figures in scoring and shoot a combined 51 percent from the field while holding the opposing Dukes to 35 percent shooting. In addition to Kromah and Armwood, freshmen Joe McDonald and Kevin Larsen also finished in double-digits, with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Duquesne was led by guard Derrick Colter, who scored 18 points on 8-15 shooting in 35 minutes of action. Fellow guard Jeremiah Jones joined Colter as one of the few bright spots for the Dukes, scoring 14 points on 4-9 shooting.
The Colonials quickly fell behind by six in the first two minutes of the game. Yet, that would be the strongest Duquesne would look all night, as GW quickly countered with a 14-0 run over the next three minutes to put them out front for the rest of the evening. The Dukes would fall behind by as many as 19 points in the first half before trimming the Colonials lead to 45-35 at halftime.
The second half was all GW as the Colonials started on a 12-4 run in the first six minutes and eventually extended their lead to as many as 25, in large part by holding Duquesne to slightly under 30 percent shooting in the half. Their large lead allowed Head Coach Mike Lonergan to insert every active GW player into the game before the final buzzer and provided the opportunity for 11 of the 12 Colonials to score.
All in all, while this was certainly a strong effort from the Colonials, there is not much to analyze from this game. Simply put, this matchup against a struggling Duquesne squad (7-15, 0-8 Atlantic 10) was a game GW was supposed to win and they did just that, winning with ease. That being said, if fans were to view this performance as a precursor to an upset over #14 Butler at home on Saturday, that would be an extreme stretch. However, an all-around performance that exceeds the level at which they played tonight might be enough to put Butler on upset alert.
The Colonials (11-10, 5-3 Atlantic 10) will now prepare to face the aforementioned #14 Butler Bulldogs at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. and you can catch all the action on WRGW Sports-Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.