GW Falls Just Short to Xavier, 66-65
Jan. 25, 2005
By JOSEPH WHITE
WASHINGTON (AP) - Freshman Stanley Burrell hit a long, off-balance 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining Tuesday night to give Xavier a 66-65 victory over George Washington.
Burrell's shot capped a game that seesawed over the final eight minutes as Xavier won its latest nail-biter away from home. All five of the Musketeers' road or neutral site games this season have been decided by two points, one point or in overtime. They've won two of them.
Justin Page scored all of his 13 points in the second half for Xavier (9-7, 3-3 Atlantic 10), which has won eight of its last nine meetings against George Washington. Burrell finished with 10 points, and Will Caudle scored all of his season-high 10 points in the first half.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Colonials (12-5, 4-3), who have lost three of four to fall completely out of Top 25 contention after reaching a season-high No. 19 ranking in mid-December. Omar Williams scored all of his 11 points in the second half, and J.R. Pinnock also had 11.
The final minute provided a tense finish between feisty conference rivals. Carl Elliott, double-clutching because of a hand in his face, hit a short jumper with 57 seconds remaining to give the Colonials a 65-63 lead. Xavier then got the ball inside for a potential tying basket, but Williams drew a charge against Cage with 33 seconds left.
That gave George Washington a chance to win the game at the free throw line. T.J. Thompson was fouled with 15 seconds to play, but he missed the front end of a one-and-one, allowing Xavier to set up Burrell for his fadeaway game-winner from about 25 feet.
Mensah-Bonsu and Thompson, two of George Washington's three leading scorers, did not start for the first time this season because of injuries. Mensah-Bonsu recently broke his nose, and Thomspon is nursing a knee injury.
Xavier went heavily to a zone in the second half and built a 48-42 lead with 12 minutes remaining, but two inside baskets and a pair of free throws from the Colonials tied the game with 10:12 to play to set up the tight finish.