Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
For 39 minutes of an 89-66 rout of Boston University Thursday night, Coach Bob Tallent sought a way to snap the lethargy in his George Washington team's play and in the reaction of the Smith Center crowd of 2,400.
Then, he found it.
The coach beckoned George Dukas, a sophomore walk-on from Stuart High. Thecrowd came alive with the sound of applause. And, 19 seconds later when Dukas made the first shot of his college career, they gave him a standing ovation.
Dukas had played in only one previous game this season. Smiling after this one, he said: "They look for me when I get in. I love it, even though I dont' play."
This was a night on which GW did not need inspiration from within nor from its home crowd. The Colonials had only to go through the motions of their offense to post their fifth straight victory. BU has helped a lot of teams look good offensively in this 5-11 Terrier season.
The Colonials shot 55 percent against a team whose guards put no pressure on GW's. Thus, GE could do about as it pleased, and guard Bob Lindsay (eight of 13) and forward Tom Glenn (eight of 12) scored 23 and 21 points, respectively. GW's offense was highly efficient, averaging 1.1 points per possession.
Moving to 13-5 for the season, GW has won eight of its last nine games. The loss came at Villanova; the Eastern Eight leaders play the return match of the home-and-home series Saturday night at Smith Center.
It was obvious last night that B GW, in body, was playing Boston University. But in mind, the Colonials were thinking ahead ot Villanova. This did not surprise nor upset Tallent.
"Our guys knew we were going to win the game," Tallent said, "I knew we were going to be like this."
GW led by seven points at halftime, 38-11, and this was too close on a night Tallent should not have had to worry at all. So he told his players to forget Villanova and play basketball for the final 20 minutes.
They responded to some extent, running the lead to 56-39, and had their biggest advantage of the night, 76-49, when Tallent sat down Lindsay for the night with a little more than five minutes to play.
Losing coach Roy Sigler was duly impressed with the Colonials. He also saw some light in the team's performance since two Washington-area guards are high priority on his recruiting list. He hoped they had come to see the game as planned.
"GW's got it all. They've got the right pieces," Sigler said. "I guess you can say they've got good chemistry - a ball-handling guard, a shooting guard, a strong center and two good forwards.
The Washington area has been a fertile recruiting ground for BU in the past, Two current starters, sophomore Steve Wright of Einstein and junior center Skip Vanlandingham of Potomac High, were area players. Wright led the Terriers with 14 points last night.
Sigler, whose sport takes a back seat at BU to an 18-0 ice hockey team that is ranked No. 1 in the country, said he was recruiting hard for guards Mark Nickens from Mackin and Steve Rogers from Magruder.
"Hopefully," he said, "they saw what we need."