Men's Basketball Outlasts Massachusetts, 59-51
Feb. 13, 2011
AMHERST, MA -- George Washington freshman Nemanja Mikic led all players with 20 points as the Colonials overcame a rough shooting first half and put together a 17-0 run late in the second half to defeat Massachusetts, 59-51, in an A-10 game Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center. It marked GW's sixth A-10 victory of the season matching its league win total from last season.
UMass went the final 6:13 without a field goal. GW's defense forced 19 turnovers and converted them into 22 points.
Massachusetts (13-10, 5-5 A-10) was led by Gary Correia's team-high 15 points and Sean Carter's 11 rebounds, Correia was the only Minuteman in double figures as the Colonials held leading scorer Anthony Gurley to his season-low seven points. Gurley averaged 19.9 coming into Sunday's game.
GW shot just 24 percent in the first half en route to a season-low 18 points but still trailed by only six, 24-18, at the break. Both teams struggled from the line with the Colonials converting just 53 percent (16-of-30) and the Minutemen hitting just 63 percent (17-27). UMass's 14 field goals was a season-low by a GW opponent this season.
The Colonials made 7-of-19 from beyond the arc, including six by Mikic. Dwayne Smith added a 14-point, 10 rebound effort for his second double-double of the season and third of his career.
GW (13-12, 6-5 A-10) will have nearly a week to prepare for a trip to La Salle (12-13, 4-6 A-10) for the second regular-season meeting with the Explorers on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Tom Gola Arena. The GW-La Salle game will tip at 7 p.m. (EST) and will be televised regionally on CBSC and broadcast on 1500 AM, 820 AM as well as at FederalNewsRadio.com. Live stats will be available at GWsports.com. GW defeated La Salle, 72-67, back on Jan. 5 at Smith Center.