GW Men's Hoops Falls to Massachusetts, 86-75
Senior Tony Taylor Nets Season-High 26 Points to Pace Colonials
Feb. 4, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior Tony Taylor scored a season- and game-high 26 points, but it was not enough to lead the George Washington men's basketball team past Massachusetts as the Colonials fell to the Minutemen, 86-75, on Saturday evening in the Charles E. Smith Center.
GW (8-15, 3-6 A-10) trailed by single-digits throughout much of the contest and threatened to close within a possession of the lead on several occasions in the second half. However, the Colonials failed to get the defensive stops they needed to get any closer than six and allowed a season-high 86 points to the Minutemen, the Atlantic 10's highest-scoring team.
Junior Dwayne Smith added a season-high 16 points and junior David Pellom chipped in nine points, 10 rebounds and three assists in his return after missing the last three games with a knee injury. Taylor, Smith and Pellom combined to make 16-of-29 shots, while the rest of the Colonials were just 10-of-31 from the field.
Four Massachusetts (17-6, 6-3 A-10) players reached double-figures, led by Terrell Vinson's 21 points. Chaz Williams and Freddie Riley each made three three-pointers and added 15 and 12 points, respectively, and Javorn Farrell scored 11. The Minutemen shot a season-best 55.4 percent (31-of-56) from the field, fueled by 23-of-33 shooting inside the arc.
A Pellom dunk, Taylor three-point play and Mikic three-pointer - one of just two on the night on 16 attempts for the Colonials - helped GW get within 66-60 with seven minutes remaining, but UMass scored two baskets in a span of 44 seconds to reopen a double-digit cushion and used an 11-4 run for a 77-64 advantage with 4:41 left.
The Colonials again made a push behind a three-point play from Bryan Bynes and transition layup from Lasan Kromah which cut the deficit to 80-73 with 2:25 to play, but three consecutive missed three-pointers on their next possession stalled any chance at a comeback.
UMass made six of its eight three-pointers in the first half, while GW missed all seven of its attempts, to lead 40-35 at halftime. The Minutemen led by as many as 14 thanks to a 21-5 run sparked by five triples, but the Colonials responded with 10 straight points to close within four and eventually trailed by five at the break.
Taylor's 26 points were just two off his career-high and moves him to 1,265 for his career. He vaulted past Carl Elliott into 23rd all-time at GW and is now nine points shy of equaling SirValiant Brown's 1,274 career points.
The loss marked GW's first to UMass in three seasons and just its eighth in 28 meetings at the Smith Center. The Colonials still maintain a 35-27 edge in the all-time series.
GW next visits A-10 leader Temple (17-5, 6-2 A-10) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The contest will be televised regionally by CBS Sports Network and air locally on NBC Washington Nonstop. It can also be heard live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.