Kromah, Taylor Help GW Men's Hoops Stomp Richmond, 83-65
Duo Combines for 46 Points, GW Improves to 2-2 in A-10
Jan. 18, 2012
WASHINGTON - Junior Lasan Kromah matched his career-high with 25 points and senior Tony Taylor netted 21 points as the George Washington men's basketball team rolled past visiting Richmond, 83-65, in Atlantic 10 action at Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday.
GW (7-11, 2-2 A-10) won for the third time in its last six games and snapped a four-game losing streak against Richmond (11-8, 2-2 A-10).
Kromah made 11-of-15 field goals, including 7-of-7 for 16 points in the second half, en route to tying his career-best 25-point effort set in his last game against Richmond on Feb. 20, 2010. Kromah added six rebounds and a game-high four steals.
Taylor converted 7-of-13 field goals and all six of his free throws for 21 points and added a game-high five assists. Junior Bryan Bynes chipped in nine off the bench, sophomore Nemanja Mikic finished with eight, and junior reserve David Pellom grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
It marked the first time two GW players scored 20-or-more points in a game since Taylor and Smith went for 26 and 20, respectively, in an 82-80 victory over East Carolina in December 2010.
GW looked confident from the opening tip, facilitated by the hot start of Kromah, who made his first four shots and sparked the Colonials to an early 13-6 lead with nine points. Graduate student Jabari Edwards' tip-in at the 8:09 mark gave the hosts their largest lead of the half at 21-11, but Richmond responded with a 14-3 run for its only lead of the game at 25-24.
Mikic made his second 3-pointer of the period and Taylor scored six straight points to close on a 9-2 run that gave GW a 33-27 advantage at halftime and a lead it wouldn't surrender the rest of the way.
Kromah netted the opening four points of the second half to ignite a 9-1 spurt out of the locker room as GW rebuilt a double-digit cushion at 42-28. After trailing by a point at the 2:47 mark of the first half, the Colonials went on an 18-3 run over the next 4:43 and UR would get no closer than 10 points over the final 18 minutes.
Kromah punctuated his night with a transition dunk with 2:25 remaining for a 72-52 edge and GW's lead peaked at 23 points, 77-54, on a Dan Guest free throw with 1:42 left.
Richmond, which played without injured sophomore starter and third-leading scorer Cedric Lindsay, received 17 points from Darien Brothers, 15 from Kendall Anthony and an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double from Derrick Williams.
GW's 83 points and 58 percent shooting (32-of-55) were its second-best performances of the season.
The Spiders entered the game as the A-10 leader with 8.6 three-pointers per game, but were limited to 3-of-15 from behind the arc and 40.9 percent shooting (18-of-44) overall.
GW (7-11, 2-2 A-10) hosts Charlotte for Armed Forces Night at Charles E. Smith Center this Saturday at 7 p.m. That game will be televised live on MASN, and can also be viewed live on GW All-Access, and listened to live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.