Colonials Tripped Up By No. 19 Xavier

Feb 4, 2003

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Chris Monroe scored a team-high 17 points for the Colonials (8-11, 2-6), but it wasn't enough to get past No. 19 Xavier as the Colonials dropped an 80-68 decision Tuesday night at GW's Smith Center.

The Colonials led 54-53 with 8:52 left after two free throws by T.J. Thompson.

Lionel Chalmers, playing just his second game since returning from a broken foot, scored 17 points to lead the visiting Musketeers. Chalmers' 3-pointer with 4:42 left gave the Musketeers (16-4, 7-1 Atlantic 10) a six-point lead and they went on to their seventh straight win.

David West had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Xavier - his eighth straight double-double - and the seventh of the rebounds made him the Atlantic 10's career leader. West passed former George Washington player Mike Brown, who finished his career with 1,166 rebounds.

Xavier then went on a 9-0 run that was capped by two free throws by West, who had only one field goal in the second half.

The Colonials got within 62-59, but were outscored 18-9 over the final 5:12.

George Washington took an 8-6 lead, only to have Xavier go on a 12-2 run over the next three minutes. The Musketeers led 31-30 at halftime.

West's record rebound came with 2:55 to play in the first half when he partially deflected a short jumper by Thompson and collected the rebound.