GW Men's Hoops Falls at Xavier, 71-56
Jan. 12, 2013
CINCINNATI, Ohio - George Washington men's basketball got as close as six after trailing by 15 points at halftime, but Xavier pulled away late to deal the Colonials a 71-56 loss in Atlantic 10 action at Cintas Center on Saturday.
Senior guard Lasan Kromah came off the bench to lead GW (7-8, 1-1 Atlantic 10) in scoring for the second straight game with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting. The Colonials started four freshmen for the second straight game, with rookies Patricio Garino and Joe McDonald adding nine and eight points, respectively.
The loss marked GW's eighth-straight in the series and fourth consecutive road defeat.
The trio of Semaj Christon (21 points), Brad Redford (21) and Jeff Robinson (14) combined for 56 points on 22-of-32 field goals to propel Xavier (9-6, 2-0 A-10) to its 49th victory in its last 50 conference home games. Redford converted 7-of-8 three-pointers, while Christon made 9-of-13 shots and dished out seven assists to pace the Musketeers.
Trailing 35-20 at halftime, GW chipped away at the deficit behind Kromah, who scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half. A three-point play from Kromah trimmed the margin to single-digits, then McDonald and Kromah both converted shots in the lane to twice close within six, the last time at 46-40 with 9:11 to play.
Christon single-handedly kept Xavier in front to begin the second half by scoring 13 of XU's first 14 points of the period, including his lone three attempt to put XU up nine after GW closed within six. Then Redford took over, hitting three consecutive triples to push the Musketeers ahead 60-48 with 4:38 left. McDonald converted a Garino steal and Kromah assist in transition to again cut the Colonials' deficit to single digits, but the Musketeers converted six late free throws and Redford hit his seventh triple with 17 seconds left to put the game away.
In the first half, GW hit 3-of-5 three-pointers, but made just 5-of-19 shots inside the arc and trailed 35-20 at halftime as Xavier shot nearly 60 percent (16-27). After falling behind 7-0 early, the Colonials hit a trio of triples to climb within 16-12. However, the Musketeers rode a 22-6 edge on the glass in the first half to a 19-8 period-ending run.
GW finished at 38.6 percent (22-of-57) from the field and 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from three-point range, while Xavier converted 57.1 percent (28-of-49) overall and 80 percent (8-of-10) from deep. The Musketeers also owned a 33-28 edge on the glass as the Colonials fell to 0-5 when being outrebounded this season.
GW returns to the Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday to play host to Temple in a game that will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and CSN Philly. The game will also be streamed live on RaiseHigh.tv and can be heard live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.