Duquesne rally falls short at George Washington

| Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 9:33 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Duquesne coach Jim Ferry felt bad for sophomore point guard Derrick Colter, who was playing close to his Largo (Md.) High School.

But Ferry felt he had to make a change at point guard, as Colter, the Dukes' starter, made just 1 of 6 shots from the field with no assists and two turnovers in a 71-57 loss Wednesday to George Washington in an Atlantic 10 came.

“There is too much at stake this time of year,” Ferry said of Colter, who played just 14 minutes with three points.

Backup guard Tra'Vaughn White (three assists, one turnover) played 19 minutes for the Dukes, who missed all 13 of their shots from 3-point range in the second half and had 15 turnovers in the game.

“We really went cold. Their size, they are enormous,” Ferry said of George Washington. “That team is perfectly built. We knew that coming in.

“We have to get over the hump. I was disappointed in our team.”

Duquesne (10-11, 2-6) was paced by forward Dominique McKoy, who had 14 points. Micah Mason had all 11 of his points in the first half. Forward Ovie Soko had 13 points and 11 rebounds but also had six turnovers for the Dukes, who ended a stretch of three consecutive road games.

They have lost two in a row.

“They are so long. They pack it in. It was hard for our guards to get in the lane,” McKoy said.

“We didn't come out with a lot of energy to start the game. We were kind of dead.”

Patricio Garino had 17 points, and teammate Isaiah Armwood added 14 as George Washington built a 19-point lead in the first half.

“We are very confident at home,” Garino said.

George Washington (18-4, 6-2) led 49-39 with 12:40 left after a 3-pointer by Nemanja Mikic (11 points).

Ferry stopped the game with 10:56 left as he complained about the rim for his team's basket seconds after a dunk by Soko cut the lead to 49-41.

A ladder was brought out, and George Washington personnel used a level to prove that the rim was fixed to the correct angle.

A field goal and free throw by Garino gave the Colonials a 53-43 lead with 7:53 left, and an 8-0 run made it 58-43 with 5:17 remaining.

Ferry said the rim was bent upward after the Soko dunk. “After that, it seemed like we couldn't buy a basket,” Ferry said.

“It will be nice to be back home.”

Notes: Duquesne will host George Mason on Saturday. The Patriots have not won a league game this season. ... The Dukes are 7-25 at George Washington.

David Driver is a freelance writer.

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