Fast start leads Duquesne past George Washington
Sincere Carry knocked down a 3-pointer, grabbed the gray waistband on his red shorts before giving his hips a swivel near midcourt.
The Duquesne freshman point guard let everyone know 91 seconds into Saturday’s game at Palumbo Center that it wasn’t going to be a typical Dukes game.
“The dance is just bust down, but it ain’t really nothing,” said Carry, who finished with 15 points. “I was trying to bring energy to start the game, get my teammates going and get the crowd into it. It was all for fun.”
Duquesne had plenty to be joyous about. The Dukes abandoned their typical script of falling behind, opening with a 13-2 run during a 85-69 Atlantic 10 win over George Washington.
The Dukes (17-9, 8-5) typically have more of a dramatic flair. Duquesne, which tied a record set last year with a 13th win at Palumbo, has rallied to win from second-half deficits eight times this season. This victory over George Washington was its first double-digit league win, having won the previous seven by a combined 32 points.
Even with the extra padding, Dukes coach Keith Dambrot didn’t feel like he avoided breaking into cold sweats over the result.
“You didn’t, but I did,” Dambrot said. “They are all cold sweats for me. When you see Duke come back from 23 or us come back from 18. … To me, the game isn’t over until it’s over. We have to keep learning that.”
Thanks in part to their hot start, the Dukes needed no such magic.
The Colonials’ largest lead was two points, and they led for 57 seconds. George Washington (7-18, 3-9) has lost four straight.
Duquesne made 5 of its first 6 shots, surging ahead 15-5 after a jumper by Michael Hughes with 15 minutes, 39 seconds left in the first half. George Washington rallied behind its strong 3-point shooting. The Colonials, who shot 47.4 percent (9 of 19) from beyond the arc, made 6 of their first 7 attempted treys.
“It was their day,” said Duquesne guard Frankie Hughes, who scored a season-high 21 points. “They came in knocking them down. They were stroking in the first half. We knew in the second half they weren’t going to stay as hot as they were in the first.”
Javier Langarica gave George Washington its final lead, 35-34, on a jumper with 6:21 left in the first half. Duquesne took the lead back 13 seconds later on a 3-pointer from Frankie Hughes, who had seven 3-pointers.
“Right before I made them, I told Sin I can pray for one to go in for me,” Hughes said. “From there, I guess God heard me today. After that, it was just falling for me.”
Justin Williams led the Colonials with 21 points, and Maceo Jack had 20.
Eric Williams Jr. (20 points) and Marcus Weathers (12) also scored in double figures for Duquesne.
The Dukes shot 43.1 percent (28 of 65) from the field and outrebounded George Washington, 37-31.
Dambrot said Duquesne, which has a week off before traveling to George Mason, is still searching for consistency. Getting off to a fast start didn’t change much for him.
“I didn’t notice anything different,” Dambrot said. “No disrespect. We shot it in better, but we didn’t guard very good. The hard part about coaching is you can be misled because the ball goes into the basket.”
Josh Rizzo is a freelance writer.