Men's Basketball Succumbs to Richmond, 68-58
Katuka Matches Career-High with 17 Points
Jan. 19, 2011
RICHMOND, VA - George Washington opened with a strong first half shooting 55.6 percent to build a 33-24 lead at halftime before Richmond's Kevin Anderson and Justin Harper combined for 32 second-half points to lead the Spiders to a come-from-behind 68-58 victory Wednesday night at the Robins Center. It was the first A-10 loss of the season for the Colonials who dropped into a tie with Richmond at 3-1 in the league.
Harper scored his career-high 30 points and started a 23-6 second-half run that swung the momentum of the game to Richmond after the Colonials had gotten the upper hand in the first half.
Joseph Katuka played perhaps the best half of his career in the first half en route to a career-high matching 17 points. For the game, Katuka hit 7-10 field goals with a pair of blocks. Dwayne Smith was the only other Colonial in double figures with 10 points. GW lost for only the second time in their last five visits to the Robins Center.
Anderson finished with 20 points for Richmond (14-5, 3-1) and, combined with Harper's 30-point, 10-rebound double-double, were too much to overcome. Harper and Anderson played 40 and 39 minutes, respectively.
Although the Colonials owned the boards, 34-25, including a 12-4 advantage on the offensive end, GW was unable to get its shots to fall in the second half with the same regularity as in the first half. GW made just six second-half baskets after sinking 15 in the opening half.
GW (10-8, 3-1 A-10) next hosts St. Bonaventure (9-7, 1-2 A-10) for the only regular-season meeting this season on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Smith Center. The GW-St. Bonaventure game will tip at 2 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on 1500 AM and 820 AM as well as at FederalNewsRadio.com. Live video and stats will be available at GWsports.com.