Duquesne skid continues in loss to George Mason
By Chris Harlan
Published: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 4:09 p.m.
George Mason reached Palumbo Center winless in the Atlantic 10 and burdened with a nine-game losing streak.
Yet Sherrod Wright scored 23 points, Bryon Allen had 17, and the senior guards helped the last-place Patriots hand Duquesne a 74-68 loss Saturday that stretched the Dukes' streak to three.
It was the first A-10 win for George Mason (8-15, 1-8), a newcomer to the conference that proved tougher than its winless record implied.
But Duquesne (10-12, 2-7) lacked much punch. The team was outrebounded for the third consecutive game (36-30), allowed 28 foul shots and let George Mason shoot 61 percent in the second half. It led to a seventh loss in eight conference games for the Dukes.
“It just never clicked,” said coach Jim Ferry, who shuffled lineup combinations in a failed search of a spark. “It's frustrating because it's too late in the season for that to be happening.”
Duquesne's only lead was one point early in the second half, and that lasted less than a minute.
“We never got in sync as a team, defensively or offensively,” Ferry said.
Ovie Soko had 21 points and eight rebounds but also four turnovers. Micah Mason scored 16 points, and Derrick Colter had 11. Mason, the A-10 leader in 3-point shooting percentage, was 4 of 5 from the arc.
George Mason's Jalen Jenkins had 10 points and six rebounds as all nine Patriots players had at least one rebound. Yet Dominique McKoy, the Dukes' second-leading rebounder, was held without one. Foul trouble limited McKoy, who had two points in 22 minutes and fouled out.
George Mason made 20 of 28 free throws, which included 9 of 13 by Wright. That left the Dukes, who made just 12 of 21, frustrated.
“You have to see how the fouls are being called from game to game because there's really no consistency,” Soko said.
George Mason was winless in the A-10, but just barely. The Patriots had a one-point loss to No. 16 Massachusetts along with overtime losses to Rhode Island and No. 19 Saint Louis. Plus, there were single-digit losses to Saint Joseph's, Fordham and George Washington.
“That team could very well be 7-3 in the league,” Ferry said. “They're a very talented team — more talented than we are at certain positions. But if we could have defended as a group and offensively played together better, we could have won this game.”
Duquesne fell behind 5-0 and trailed until two Soko free throws forced an 18-18 tie six minutes before halftime. George Mason reclaimed the lead with a 7-0 run that included a dunk and free throw by Wright. With 4:56 left, George Mason led 25-18.
The lead was still seven when Colter and Mason made consecutive 3-pointers to finish the first half. George Mason led at halftime 32-31. The Dukes grabbed their first lead 29 seconds after halftime with a jumper by McKoy, but it lasted just 43 seconds.
“We just never got in sync,” Ferry said. “Even when we made that run and we took that one-point lead, it never felt like we were playing together.”
With 7:53 left, a 3-pointer by Mason cut the deficit to 50-46. When George Mason pushed its lead back to seven, Mason hit another. A 3-pointer by Soko made it 55-52 with 6:24 left. But the Dukes moved no closer.
With 3:45 left, George Mason's lead had returned to double figures 63-53.
“You can't put your head down, you can't mope, you can't sulk,” Ferry said. “You've got to stay the same after a win and after a loss. ... Obviously, we have to get better.”
Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates’ big risk with pitch-heavy draft focus might soon pay off
- Starkey: Steelers know when to say goodbye
- Analysis: Kesler remains on Penguins’ radar as Shero looks bring back ‘Big 3’ formula
- Ex-Colts executive Polian: Approach free agency with caution
- With so many needs, Steelers can ill afford to miss in draft
- Penguins GM Shero’s deadline deals: Addition by subtraction
- IUP students have raucous early St. Patrick’s Day celebration
- Franklin Regional wrestler backs up his words with 1st state title
- Steelers defense doesn’t make the grade in 2013 review
- Harsh winter sets back Western Pa. maple harvest
- Original tea partyers returning to GOP fold