NCAA BASKETBALL: George Mason 74, Duquesne 68
February 09, 2014 1:39 AM

George Mason 74, Duquesne 68: Sherrod Wright scored 23 points — his highest output in three weeks — as George Mason broke a nine-game losing skid in an Atlantic 10 game.

The contest was close through 33 minutes, but after an Ovie Soko 3-pointer pulled Duquesne to 55-52 with 6:24 remaining, the Patriots launched an 8-1 run for some breathing room. Byron Allen hit a pair, Erik Copes dunked and Wright hit a jumper to push the lead to 10, 63-53, with 3:45 to go.

The Patriots (8-15, 1-8 Atlantic 10) shot 50 percent from the floor with Allen adding 17 points, and Jalen Jenkins 10 for their first A-10 win since joining this season.

The game was dubbed the Chuck Cooper Classic, named to honor the Duquesne grad who was the first African-American selected in the NBA draft (1950).

Soko led the Dukes (10-12, 2-7) with 21 points, Micah Mason added 16.

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