The Duquesne Dukes (15-8, 6-4 A10) made their way to the nation’s capital on Wednesday evening for an Atlantic 10 game with the George Washington Colonials (9-13, 2-7 A10). The Dukes completed the season sweep of the Colonials with a gutsy win, 75-73. In their earlier matchup, Duquesne topped GW in Pittsburgh January 3, 69-52.
The Dukes got 17 points on 7-10 shooting from sophomore guard Mike Lewis II. This is a usual night for Lewis, but the Dukes did get unusual performances from two other players.
Junior Marko Krivacevic saw his most extended action of the season and hit two crucial 3-pointers. The opportunities have been few and far between for Krivacevic this season. He started the season on the shelf with a broken wrist, not working his way into the rotation until foul trouble forced coach Keith Dambrot’s hand on Wednesday.
Sophomore walk-on Kellon Taylor also stood out for the Dukes in his hometown return, where he attended DeMatha Catholic High School. The dual sports star scored 11 points and nabbed four rebounds off the bench. Dambrot knows he is going to get hard played minutes every time he puts Taylor out there with solid defense and rebounding. Any sort of scoring is an added bonus.
Duquesne gets a shot at their longtime rivals, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Saturday at Palumbo Center.
The Bonnies were a unanimous choice to finish in the top two of the league in the preseason but have struggled a bit with a 5-4 mark in league play.
They are led by the dynamic backcourt of seniors Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley, who combine to average 36 points per game. The Dukes will need to try and contain Adams and Mobley and dominate in the frontcourt, where the Dukes have a distinct size advantage over the Bonnies.
The Dukes struggles at the free throw line continued on Wednesday night — going 10-19. Duquesne is finding its way into close games every night and need to pick their percentage up at the line.
I viewed this game a potential trap game of sorts for Duquesne after losing a heartbreaker in Rhode Island on Saturday and having a big home game with the Bonnie’s Saturday. Dambrot kept his team focused, stemming the tide from the Colonials.
Saturday’s game tips off at 6:30 and will be televised nationally by NBC Sports Network. The first 1,500 fans will receive a free red-out t-shirt.