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Duquesne loses to George Washington, remains winless in Atlantic 10

| Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 8:54 p.m.
Duquesne's Jeremiah Jones drives to the basket with George Washington's Kethan Savage defending on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Palumbo Center. Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Duquesne's Jeremiah Jones goes in for a layup against George Washington's Patricio Garino on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. The Dukes lost, 79-57. (Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review)
Duquesne's Sean Johnson has his shot deflected by George Washington's Kevin Larsen on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Palumbo Center. (Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review)
Duquesne's Derrick Colter steals the ball from George Washington's Bryan Bynes on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review)
Duquesne's Jerry Jones has his shot blocked by George Washington's Isaiah Armwood on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review)
Duquesne's Mamadou Datt dunks on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review)

This loss didn't come with an explanation; it came with an apology.

Duquesne fell behind early and never matched George Washington's toughness in Wednesday night's 79-57 loss at Palumbo Center. It was the 10th consecutive loss for the Dukes (7-15), who sunk to 0-8 in the Atlantic 10 under first-year coach Jim Ferry.

“I'm embarrassed,” said Ferry, who called it their worst effort all season. “I apologize to the fans at Duquesne that they had to see something like that. I have never had a team play like that before, so it must be my fault.”

George Washington (11-10, 5-3) led by 19 points midway through the first half, a gap that was never fewer than 10 in the second. The Colonials built the lead with offensive rebounds and inside scoring, exploiting the weakness of Duquesne's front court. They outrebounded the Dukes, 47-27, and dominated points in the paint, 44-14.

Isaiah Armwood, a 6-foot-9 senior, had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

“We got annihilated on the glass,” Ferry said, “we got out-toughened on every aspect of the game, we got beat on every 50-50 ball. Thank goodness we have two freshmen who have heart and played really, really hard. If we can get some of the upperclassmen to compete like that, then this stuff wouldn't happen.”

Freshmen guards Derrick Colter and Jeremiah Jones combined for 32 points, including a team-high 18 for Colter. Freshman forward Quevyn Winters added nine points, but the rest of the roster scored just 16 combined.

“Coach said the tougher team was going to win,” Colter said, “and they just came out and out-toughened us.”

Unable to get the basketball into the paint, the Dukes resorted to shooting just as many 3s as 2s in the first half (15).

They also couldn't rebound, an issue that Ferry has made a priority. Their rebounding margin had improved from a season ago, but the Colonials exposed the weakness that remains.

“They pushed us around a lot on the boards tonight,” Jones said.

“They were tougher than us tonight, and that's something we pride ourselves on, being tough.”

Ferry rotated his four low-post players, Andre Marhold, Derrick Martin, Martins Abele, Mamadou Datt but with little success. The four combined for just three points and six rebounds in 35 minutes.

“... Someone mentioned about maybe playing two big guys,” Ferry said. “I'm trying to find one.”

Lasan Kromah led the Colonials with 19 points.

George Washington's lead peaked at 24 points in the second half.

Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @ChrisHarlanTrib.

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