Men's Basketball Comes Up Short at La Salle, 65-64
Jan. 13, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- George Washington had the final shot but came up short, 65-64, to La Salle Wednesday at Tom Gola Arena.
Damian Hollis turned in the Colonials' first double-double of the season with a 17-point, 10-rebound effort. Fifteen of his points came in the first half on 6-of-12 shooting. Aaron Ware added 16 points for GW.
La Salle (9-7, 2-1) was led by Aaric Murray's 21 points and Yves Mekongo's 19 points to pace the Explorers.
With 8.4 seconds left and leading by one, La Salle was called for five-second violation after being unable to inbound the ball under the GW basket resulting in a turnover to give the ball back to GW. The Colonials got the ball out to Travis King who, unable to find an opening, pulled up and shot a 20-foot jumper that was off the mark as time expired.
GW (11-5, 1-2) shot 44.8 percent (13-29) in a ragged first half that saw the teams combine for 17 turnovers and a missed dunk by GW. GW closed out the first half with an alley-oop dunk fromTony Taylor to Jabari Edwards to take a slim 32-31 lead into the locker room.
The Colonials shot 43.9 percent for the game but managed just 14 percent (2-14) from three-point range. The Explorers shot 46.2 percent but converted twice as many threes as GW (4-14) and had a 20-13 advantage in second-chance points.
La Salle was without injured starters Rueben Guillandeaux and Kimmani Barrett as well as reserve Terrell Williams who was suspended for the game due to violation of team rules.
GW now has a week to prepare for a trip to Dayton on Wednesday, Jan. 20 to face the Flyers (12-3, 1-0). The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on 1500 AM and 820 AM as well as online at www.FederalNewsRadio.com.