Men's Basketball Edged by Richmond, 69-65
Four Different Colonials Score in Double Figures
Feb. 9, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC -- Richmond's Justin Harper went baseline and converted a layup in traffic to break a 65-65 tie and give Richmond the go-ahead basket with 43 seconds left and the Spiders hung on for the 69-65 triumph in an A-10 battle Wednesday night at GW's Smith Center.
George Washington's Nemanja Mikic scored 12 of his game-high 15 points in the first half and Tony Taylor added 10 of his 15 points in the second half but the Colonials couldn't match Richmond's experience down the stretch. The teams battled through 13 ties and 17 lead changes.
After Harper's go-ahead layup, Taylor drove the lane toward the Colonials' basket but lost the ball out of bounds. Officials ruled that the ball went off of Taylor's leg and awarded possession to Richmond. GW's Aaron Ware then fouled Kevin Smith who converted both foul shots for what would be the final points with :22.1 showing. On the ensuing possession, the Colonials used 17 seconds before finally getting the ball to an open Bryan Bynes whose three-point attempt was off the mark and Ware's put-back attempt missed as the clock expired. Ware, who finished with 14 points, shot the first free throws of the game, by either team, at the 16:52 mark of the second half.
Richmond (19-6, 8-2 A-10) was led by Harper's game-high 20 points and nine rebounds, one of three Spiders in double figures. UR senior Dan Geriot finished with 15 points and Kevin Smith added 14 for the Spiders.
GW shot 50 percent in the first half but just 35.7 percent in the second half (43.1 percent for the game). The Colonials made 10-of-19 from beyond the arc, but the Spiders matched them shot-for-shot hitting 8-of-19 from downtown including 8-11 (72 percent) in the fist half. GW managed to outrebound the Spiders, 33-31.
GW (12-12, 5-5 A-10) next travels to Massachusetts (13-9, 5-4 A-10) for the only regular-season meeting with the Minutemen on Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Mullins Center. The GW-UMass game will tip at 4 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on 1500 AM, 820 AM as well as at FederalNewsRadio.com. Live stats will be available at GWsports.com.
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