GW Men's Hoops Surges Past Rhode Island, 69-61, for First A-10 Win

Senior Tony Taylor had 18 points and six assists as GW wore its new buff jerseys for the first time this season in a 69-61 win over Rhode Island on Wednesday.

Jan. 11, 2012

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WASHINGTON - On the strength of double-double performances by juniors David Pellom and Lasan Kromah and 18 points from senior Tony Taylor, the George Washington men's basketball team picked up its first Atlantic 10 victory with a 69-61 win over visiting Rhode Island on Wednesday at Charles E. Smith Center.

The victory marked head coach Mike Lonergan's first in the Atlantic 10, and GW's second straight in the series.

Pellom, who made his second start of the season, scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Kromah added 12 points, 10 boards, five assists and three steals for the first double-doubles from any GW players this season. It marked the second and third career double-doubles, respectively, for Kromah and Pellom.

Taylor sparked a second-half run with 13 points and four assists after halftime to finish with 18 and six assists against only one turnover. He moved within a point of Vaughn Jones for 30th place on GW's career scoring list, now with 1,133 points in 106 games.

GW (6-10, 1-2 A-10) trailed 37-32 with 15:32 remaining, but ripped off a 24-6 run while holding Rhode Island without a field goal over the next 12:15 to grab a 56-43 advantage. The Colonials made 10-of-14 field goals, while the Rams missed 10 consecutive shots and had four turnovers during the momentum-shifting spurt.

The run featured balanced scoring as the Colonials got seven points from Taylor, six from sophomore Nemanja Mikic, five from Pellom and four from Kromah.

Pellom punctuated his night with a transition dunk for a 60-47 lead with 2:53 to play. URI employed a full-court press that forced several of GW's 10 total giveaways and narrowed the margin to seven on three different occasions, but the Colonials made 7-of-8 free throws late and Taylor dished out his sixth assist of the night on a Bryan Bynes lay-in with 26 seconds left to seal the victory.

GW shot 59.1 percent in the second half - its second-best single-half effort of the season - to finish at an even 50 percent (26-52) for the contest.

URI missed all 15 of its three-point shots in the second half and cooled to 38.6 percent overall after making half its shots over the opening 20 minutes. The Rams also struggled at the foul line, making just 12-of-28 attempts.

Billy Baron made three first-half triples and equaled Taylor's game-high with 18 points to pace Rhode Island (3-14, 0-2 A-10). Andre Malone added 14 points and Orion Outerbridge had eight points and team-high nine rebounds.

Sophomore Dan Guest provided a spark off the bench in the first half with five points to give GW its first lead. Pellom then scored 10 consecutive points midway through the opening stanza to pull the Colonials even at 23-23.

Baron buried one of his three first-half threes and Malone nailed his second of the half to put URI ahead 31-25, but Kromah and graduate student Jabari Edwards, who led all players with four blocks, converted tip-ins in the final minute to close within 31-30 at intermission.

GW leaves A-10 play for its final non-conference contest of the season at nationally ranked #25 Harvard this Saturday at 2 p.m. The contest can be listened to live on GW All-Access, and 1500/820 AM.



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