GW MBB SLIPS PAST DUQUESNE 77-70
By: Arthur Pescan
Needing to bounce back after a tough loss on the road at Davidson last week, the Colonials (14-13, 6-8 A-10) edged the Duquesne Dukes (10-17, 3-11 A-10), 77-70 Sunday afternoon at Pittsburgh in a game which saw GW continue their surging performances offensively and defensively.
Led by grad student Tyler Cavanaugh, who racked up 19 for the night, the Colonials offense returned to form in Sunday’s matchup, with three other Colonials notching in the double digits: junior Yuta Watanabe (14), grad student Patrick Steeves (11), and freshman Jair Bolden (11), who went for double figures for the fifth time this season. Despite shooting only .377 (23-of-61) from the field, GW connected from deep, going .462 (12-of-26) from beyond the arc, continuing to cement the Colonials’ position as the A-10’s second-leading team in three-point shooting (.386).
Defensively, GW held the Dukes to just .417 from the field, with Duquesne’s Mike Lewis II the only Duke able to explode on the board, shooting 9-of-14 for 22 points. The Colonials also caught a lucky break from the charity stripe, going 19-of-22 (.864) from the line, including Cavanaugh’s nearly perfect 13-of-14 shooting.
GW needs to continue their efficient performances as of late into the last four games of conference play, starting with a home matchup with UMass Thursday night at the Smith Center. Currently tied for ninth in the conference with Fordham, the Colonials hope to improve their standing in the seedings as the A-10 Championship (March 8-12, Pittsburgh) rapidly approaches.