GW Men's Hoops Fights Back, Falls to #14 Butler, 59-56

Lasan Kromah had 10 points, five rebounds and three steals for GW in Saturday's 59-56 loss to #14 Butler.

Feb. 9, 2013

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WASHINGTON - Playing before a standing-room only capacity crowd, George Washington men's basketball roared back within a point with 44 seconds to play, but #14 Butler held on to edge the Colonials, 59-56, at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday.

It marked the first-ever meeting between the new Atlantic 10 Conference rivals, and the 14th-ranked Bulldogs were the highest nationally ranked opponent to visit the Smith Center since 2000.

The first sell-out crowd at the Smith Center since 2006 witnessed GW (11-11, 5-4 A-10) cut a 48-31 deficit with 12:02 left to 57-56 after a pair of free throws from freshman Joe McDonald. Butler (20-4, 7-2 A-10) tacked on two foul shots from Kellen Dunham with 23.8 seconds left for a three-point lead to set up a frantic final sequence.

The Colonials missed three-point attempts from McDonald and junior Nemanja Mikic, the second after Butler's Roosevelt Jones turned the ball over on an inbound play with 9.4 seconds left. GW had a third opportunity to send the game to overtime, but McDonald was stripped on an inbound pass with four seconds left and time expired before Lasan Kromah could regain possession for one final shot.

Forward Isaiah Armwood posted his second consecutive double-double, and seventh of the season, with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. McDonald finished with 10 points, including six in the final 6:48. Kromah also scored 10 and added five rebounds and game-high three steals, while freshman Patricio Garino totaled nine points and seven rebounds.

GW had its second-worst shooting effort of the season at 27.9 percent (17-61), but managed to stay close by holding Butler under 40 percent (38.2 percent) for just the fourth time this season.

Thanks to intense full-court pressure that forced a bevy of late turnovers, the Colonials held the Bulldogs without a field goal for the final 7:34, turning a 15-point deficit at 53-38 into a one-point game in the final minute. BU finished with 19 turnovers, its second-highest total of the season.

The matchup featured the two best rebounding teams in the A-10. GW ended up losing the battle of the boards, 46-41, but used a 13-6 rebounding edge during the late rally to close the gap.

Rotnei Clarke led Butler with 14 points, four assists and three steals. Roosevelt Jones finished with 12 points after scoring 10 in the first half, and Dunham added 10.

At halftime, GW Athletics celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the men's basketball program's run to the 1993 NCAA Sweet 16, with former players Sonni Holland, Antoine Hart, Daryl Collette and Adama Kah in attendance.

GW will have a week off before taking its three-game road win streak to VCU on Saturday, Feb. 16, for the first meeting between the programs as A-10 members. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and broadcast live on, and 1500/820 AM.

Men's Basketball Pushes #14 Butler to the Brink

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Good luck to GW basketball coach @MikeLonergan for big homecoming game against Butler tomorrow. Colonials are young but talented.Clay Travis
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Lasan & Nemanja getting ready for Butler in empty Smith Center tonight. Let's pack this place tomorrow! #RaiseHigh Men's Basketball
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.@MikeLonergan & the @GW_MBB team handing out foam hats to the student line at the Smith Center. #RaiseHigh #GWU Washington
Hearing a #RaiseHigh chant just gave me chills. Tip off in 10! #GWBB #GWUAvra Bossov
The energy in this crowd is UNREAL #RaiseHighLauren Reay
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Ready to go at the @GW_MBB vs. Butler game! Let's go @GWColonialArmy ! #RaiseHigh
30 mins till gametime and the student section is PACKED. That's what I'm talking about #RaiseHigh Calder
great crowd 2day! MT @LukeDickinson: @GWAlumni super fans Raising High all season long. Let's go G-Dub! #RaiseHigh Alumni
GW alum Mark Warner in the house! With your intrepid guest blogger guy #raisehigh -aw @ Charles E. Smith... Washington
NBA director of officials and longtime referee, and GW alum, Ronnie Nunn in the house today with family... Washington
I second that emotion #raisehigh -aw @ Charles E. Smith Center - GWU Washington
Smitty is so packed and rowdy it feels like the 05-06 season. #raisehighFoggy Bottom Blog
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#RaiseHigh Eidelkind
Strong start. Great defense #raisehighHunter Patterson
Halfime from Smith Center: #14 Butler 31, GW 22.GW Men's Basketball
Best sign at the game yesterday lol #RaiseHigh #GWBB Lonergan
The GW 1993 Sweet 16 team knew how to #raisehigh 20 years ago. Four of them came bak to be honored at halftime #GW
#RaiseHigh to the past. Lets get back to the sweet sixteen! @GW_MBB Demi
At Butler-GW game and look who pops up on big screen talking GW glory days. The King George Michael #sportsmachine Hellie
Alums from GW's 1993 Sweet 16 team, who fell to the Fab Five Michigan squad. Hail to the Buff! #raisehigh -aw Washington
great crowd 2day! MT @LukeDickinson: @GWAlumni super fans Raising High all season long. Let's go G-Dub! #RaiseHigh Alumni
My old boss Antoine and I at the homecoming game!! #RAISEHIGH Raymond
GW student athletes performed more than 4500 hours of community service last semester! #RaiseHighBrian Dab
Colin Powell leading the D-Fense chant....there's nowhere like GW #RaiseHighAndrew Stone
this GW-Butler is a real nice game, following on gametracker haha thats all I can do out here @GW_Sports #RaiseHighAndrew Stadler
That's quite a diverse fan base. @GWBeWell: @GWAlumni @SenatorWarner #RaiseHigh at #gwhomecoming @gw_mbb game And Wizard Omeka Okafor.Peter Konwerski
RT @gene_wang: U-4, @GW_MBB cuts deficit to 55-46 during 8-2 run. Smith Center crowd back into it.Jordan Majewski
Let's do this @GW_MBB! #RaiseHighEric Cantor
Well #gwu, it was a great @GW_MBB game. Just look at how crazy the crowd got. Everyone was in the stadium was into it! B Macchione III
Armwood approaching a double-double with 11 points and seven rebounds. Would be his 7th of season & 2nd straight. #RaiseHighGW Men's Basketball
Great intensity in the second half from @GW_MBB. Play a full game like that and the team will be a tough out!Jared Kotler
RECAP w/ video, audio, photos: GW Men's Hoops Fights Back, Falls to #14 Butler, 59-56 - #RaiseHighGW Men's Basketball
Proud of @GW_MBB. You just showed a full house that GW has more heart than any team out there. This is why we keep coming back. #RaiseHighTyler Calder
What a great game. Wish that school spirit had been here all 4 years. Very promising future. #raisehigh #colonialbbRob Lane
Amen RT @_MikeHall: Great game! Great atmosphere! Really excited about the way @MikeLonergan got these boys playing! #RaiseHighZack Berg
@GW_MBB has a knack for big comebacks, eventually we'll make it to the end and pull one of these upset games out. #RaiseHigh #A10MBBChris Costner
Game effort by @gw_mbb falls just short vs Butler but shows Coach @mikelonergan has #Colonials heading right way: Wang
Despite the loss, that game is easily one of the highlights of my GW career. #raisehell #raisehighRyan Counihan
RT @AWolken: Tough loss but have never been prouder to be a colonial. Great game against butler #raisehighPatrick Nero
@mayorvincegray and @MarkWarner Thank you both for coming out in support of @GW _MBB today. #RaiseHighPatrick Nero