GW Men's Hoops Wins Thriller at Richmond, 69-67
Colonials Close With 14-5 Run to Secure Series Sweep, First A-10 Road Win
Feb. 11, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. - George Washington men's basketball outscored Richmond 14-5 over the final 3:35 for an important Atlantic 10 road victory, 69-67, at Robins Center on Saturday afternoon.
Junior David Pellom scored a team-high 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting, and classmate Dwayne Smith chipped in 14 on 5-of-6 shooting to provide a key inside presence for GW (9-16, 4-7 A-10), which claimed its first A-10 road victory of the season and snapped an eight-game road slide.
Junior Lasan Kromah added 11 points, including a clutch three-pointer that tied the game at 62-62 with 2:32 to play.
Trailing Richmond, 62-55, following a Kendall Anthony three-pointer at the 4:13 mark, GW scored on five straight possessions during an 11-2 run, capped by senior Aaron Ware's go-ahead reverse lay-up for a 66-64 lead with 1:16 to play. Ware's basket marked the 16th lead change of the contest, along with nine ties, in a game loaded with A-10 Championship berth and seeding implications.
Senior Tony Taylor, who totaled nine points and six assists in 28 minutes, found Pellom for a dunk and Kromah for the tying three-pointer, and converted a high-arching floater in the lane to help spur the Colonials' rally. Taylor climbed past SirValiant Brown (1999-01) into 22nd place on GW's career scoring list with his nine points and now has 1,281 career points.
Taylor hit a free throw for a 67-64 advantage with 23 seconds left, while junior Bryan Bynes raced in to rebound Taylor's back-end miss to eventually send Ware to the line for two more foul shots and a 69-64 lead with 19 ticks remaining.
Cedrick Lindsay hit his second three-pointer to pull UR within 69-67 with 13 seconds left, but Darien Brothers' last-gasp three-point attempt fell short to give GW its first sweep in the annual home-and-home series since 2007.
Paced by the combined 13-of-15 effort from Pellom and Smith, GW shot 55 percent from the field on 27-of-49 field goals, including 24-of-40 inside the three-point arc, and enjoyed a 44-32 edge in points in the paint.
Richmond (13-13, 4-7 A-10) was led by Derrick Williams' 21 points in 22 minutes, followed by 10 points from Francis Martel. GW's varied man-to-man and zone defenses affected Brothers, UR's leading scorer at 14.0 points per game, who shot just 1-of-10 and was limited to three points.
The Colonials are now tied with the Spiders for 11th in the A-10 standings with five league games remaining, but hold the tiebreaker by virtue of their series sweep. The top 12 teams in the final standings advance to play in the A-10 Championship.
GW hosts its Homecoming game against Saint Joseph's next Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m., a contest that will air in the D.C. market on Comcast SportsNet Plus. It can also be viewed live on GW All-Access and heard live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.
The Department of Athletics and Recreation will induct eight new members into the GW Athletics Hall of Fame prior to Saturday's game, including all-time men's basketball scoring leader Chris Monroe and career assists and steals leader Shawnta Rogers, and recognize the incoming class during the game against the Hawks.