GW Men's Hoops Falters at Georgia, 52-41
Jan. 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Despite holding Georgia to its lowest output of the season, George Washington men's basketball shot just 24.6 percent and dropped a 52-41 decision to the Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum on Friday night.
Freshman Kevin Larsen was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field en route to a team- and season-high 14 points, but the rest of the Colonials made just 8-of-51 field goals, including an 0-for-12 effort from three-point range.
Georgia (6-7) won its fourth straight game behind 17 points apiece from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Nemanja Djurisic. The duo combined to make 12-of-19 shots, while the rest of the Bulldogs went 7-of-20.
GW led 21-18 at halftime after closing the first half on a 13-5 run, then opened up its largest lead of the night at 26-21 just over two minutes into the second period after freshman Patricio Garino's three-point play and two free throws from senior Lasan Kromah. Garino finished with nine points and matched Kromah for a game-high three steals.
The Colonials went just 4-of-29 from the floor the rest of the period, but were able to hang close by forcing 25 turnovers and keeping the Bulldogs' offense in check.
Georgia used an 11-2 spurt to grab its first lead of the second half, but GW managed to pull even three times over the final 10 minutes, the final time at 37-37 on senior Bryan Bynes' transition layup with 7:21 remaining.
Trailing by four, senior Isaiah Armwood converted a lay-in and was fouled to bring the Colonials within 41-39 with 3:34 to play. GW rebounded Armwood's missed foul shot and had a chance to take the lead, but missed the ensuing attempt along with its final six shots as Georgia pulled away with seven late free throws and a pair of Djurisic baskets.
GW wraps non-conference play with a 6-7 record and will open Atlantic 10 Conference play on Wednesday against St. Bonaventure at the Charles E. Smith Center. The game can be viewed live on RaiseHigh.tv and heard live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.