Men's Basketball Wins Fourth Straight, Downs Saint Joseph's, 78-71
Taylor's 20 Points Lead Colonials to Seventh Win in Last Eight
Jan. 8, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- George Washington won its season-high fourth straight game with an 79-71 triumph over Saint Joseph's in an A-10 game Saturday afternoon at SJU's Hagan Arena. It was GW's seventh win in its last eight outings.
GW shot 51.6 percent in the first half to build a 40-31 lead at the break behind 10 points from Dwayne Smith and nine from Bynes who converted a perfect 3-3 from long range. Bynes picked up his fourth foul with 13:09 left in the game.
The Colonials trailed only twice in the game, both opening half including a 13-12 deficit with 13:09 showing before David Pellom converted an old-fashioned three-point play to give GW the lead for good at 15-13 with more than 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The Colonials increased their lead to as much as 12 (40-28) on another three-point play by Pellom with a minute left before settling for the 40-31 lead at the half.
A three-pointer by Nemanja Mikic opened the scoring in the second half before the Hawks began to rally. A three by Aiken began a 10-2 run by Saint Joseph's that cut the deficit to four (50-46) with 14:35 left. After GW built its lead back to seven at 58-51, the Hawks scored six unanswered points to get within two at 58-56 with 7:24 remaining. Dwayne Smith then sank his third three-pointer of the game and gathered a loose ball, drove to the hoop and layed it in while getting fouled. He completed the three-point play to put GW up 64-56 with 5:48 left.
SJU's Langston Galloway sank a three-pointer with 32 seconds left to get the Hawks within four before Taylor and Bynes converted five of six free throws to seal the win.
Saint Joseph's (5-10, 0-2 A-10) was led by Carl Jones who scored 20 of his game-high 23 points in the second half. C.J. Aiken blocked nine shots and added 15 points for the Hawks.
GW (9-6, 2-0 A-10) returns home to host Fordham (6-7, 0-1 A-10) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Smith Center. The GW-Fordham game will tip at 7 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on 1050 AM as well as at FederalNewsRadio.com. Live video and stats will be available at GWsports.com.