Colonials' Strong Effort Comes Up Short at Xavier, 81-74
Colonials Hit 10 Threes, 18-19 Free Throws in Loss
Jan. 26, 2011
CINCINNATI, OH - George Washington's Tony Taylor led a strong team effort with 21 points but the Colonials fell short, 81-74, at Xavier Wednesday at the Cintas Center. The teams played through 16 lead changes and 14 ties before Xavier prevailed to extend its conference-record home winning streak to 36 games.
In a complete turnaround from its last outing Saturday against St. Bonaventure, GW found its collective shooting stroke early. The Colonials hit 14-26 shots (53.8%), and converted all six free throws attempts, to take a 40-39 lead at the break.
A Dwayne Smith three-pointer and Joseph Katuka free throw to open the second half pushed GW's lead to 44-39. The teams were tied at 58 with 8:50 left before a Tu Holloway three-pointer put the Musketeers up for good, 61-58, with 8:17 left in the game.
GW created some suspense late when, trailing by eight at 79-71 with 30 seconds left, Taylor nailed his fourth three-pointer of the game to get within 79-74. On the Musketeers' ensuing possession, Bryan Bynes stole the ball from Dante Jackson and passed ahead to Taylor whose three-point attempt was blocked by Jamel McLean with 13 seconds showing. The Musketeers' Mark Lyons converted a pair of free throws over the last 1:01 to seal the victory.
Taylor scored 13 second-half points and Aaron Ware added 14 for the Colonials. GW shot a season-best 18-of-19 from the free-throw line (94.7 percent).
Xavier (14-5, 6-0 A-10) was led by Holloway and Mark Lyons scored 22 points each. Kenny Frease was the only other Musketeer in double figures with 14 points. Xavier gathered several timely rebounds and outscored GW, 27-10, in second-chance points.
GW (10-10, 3-3 A-10) next hosts Saint Louis (7-11, 2-3 A-10) for the only regular-season meeting this season on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Smith Center. The GW-SLU game will tip at 2 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on 1500AM, 820AM as well as at FederalNewsRadio.com. Live stats will be available at GWsports.com and the game will be televised regionally by CBS College.