No. 10 GW Rallies To Down Xavier, 89-85

Feb. 2, 2006

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Maureece Rice scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half to help No. 10 George Washington rally to beat Xavier 89-85 on Thursday night and remain unbeaten in the Atlantic 10.

The Colonials (17-1, 7-0), who hadn't won on the Musketeers' home court in 10 years, have won nine straight games.

Xavier built a 10-point halftime lead by shooting 50 percent from the field and playing tough defense.

George Washington used a 21-8 run to take the lead early in the second half. Rice opened the half with a steal and drove the length of the court to get the run started.

The Colonials couldn't put Xavier away until Rice hit a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left. Carl Elliott hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Brian Thornton finished with 21 points for Xavier, and Justin Doellman had 17.

George Washington led early, at 5-4, but Dedrick Finn hit a jumper at 17:42 and a 3-pointer 20 seconds later as the Musketeers put together a 14-1 run that Stanley Burrell capped with a jumper at 14:58.

Doellman had 13 in the half, and Burrell 11, and the Musketeers' took their biggest lead at 17 points when Doellman made a pair of free throws to make it 38-21 with 7:20 left. The 17-point comeback is the second-largest for the Colonials in five seasons under Karl Hobbs.



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