Despite a season featuring plenty of missed opportunities and some inevitable growing pains for an inexperienced team, Duquesne at least heads into the Atlantic 10 tournament with some momentum.
Derrick Colter scored 21 points, Ovie Soko added 18 and the Dukes wrapped up their regular season Saturday with an 81-69 win against George Mason at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.
Freshman forward L.G. Gill came off the bench to pitch in 16 points on 4-of-6 3-point shooting as Duquesne (13-16, 5-11) avenged a Feb. 8 loss to the Patriots at Palumbo Center.
The Dukes closed out the first half with a 13-2 run, taking a nine-point lead into intermission, then opened the second half by hitting three consecutive 3-pointers.
Micah Mason and Dominique McKoy added 11 and 10 points for the Dukes, who have won two of their past three. Wednesday night, they failed to build on their stunning upset last week of then-No. 10 Saint Louis, but they kept pace with a talented Massachusetts team in a 78-74 loss.
Sherrod Wright scored 25 points to lead George Mason (11-19, 4-12), with Bryon Allen adding another 17 points.
With the win at George Mason, Duquesne avoids the play-in game of the conference tournament and will instead be the No. 10 seed. The Dukes will take on No. 7 seed Richmond at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The loss sends No. 12 seed George Mason into an opening-round game Wednesday against No. 13 Fordham.