GW Men's Hoops Falls at Red-Hot #25 Harvard, 69-48
Taylor, Kromah Combine for 25 Points; Not Enough as Crimson Shoot 65 Percent
Jan. 14, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - George Washington men's basketball shot a season-low 30 percent, while nationally ranked No. 25 Harvard hit a season-best 65 percent of its shots to defeat the Colonials, 69-48, at Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Tony Taylor scored 13 points and junior Lasan Kromah added 12 to lead GW, but the duo made just 7-of-21 field goals and the Colonials managed just 15-of-50 shooting to fall to the Crimson for the third straight season.
Harvard (15-2), which was GW's third nationally ranked foe of the season, made 24 of its 37 shots and 17 of its 20 free throws en route to its third consecutive victory overall. The Crimson maintained the seventh-longest home court win streak in the nation with their 23rd straight victory at Lavietes.
Freshman Steve Moundou-Missi, who played for GW assistant coach Kevin Sutton at Montverde Academy (Fla.), and Laurent Rivard scored 16 points apiece to pace Harvard. Keith Wright chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Colonials struggled against the country's sixth-rated scoring defense, making just three first-half field goals en route to a 33-13 deficit at halftime. A 7-0 run pulled GW within 15-11 with 11:36 left in the opening half, but it wouldn't make a basket the rest of the period while Harvard rolled off an 18-2 spurt for the 20-point margin at the break.
Kromah and junior Dwayne Smith, who grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds and had six points off the bench, opened the second half with baskets to close within 33-17, but Rivard converted one of his two 4-point plays in the game to silence any comeback momentum by the Colonials.
GW connected on a season-best 16 free throws in 18 attempts, but Harvard countered by making 17-of-20 foul shots and got a 13-of-13 combined shooting effort from frontcourt players Moundou-Missi, Wright and reserve Jonah Travis.
GW (6-11, 1-2 A-10) returns to Atlantic 10 Conference play with two games at Charles E. Smith Center next week, beginning with Richmond this Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. The contest can be viewed live on GW All-Access, and listened to live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1050 AM.