Men's Basketball Hangs On to Win 82-80 Thriller Over La Salle
Feb. 19, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- For the second straight year, George Washington's game at La Salle came down to the last possession but this time the Colonials came out on top in an A-10 thriller Saturday night at Tom Gola Arena. Aaric Murray's 15-foot jumper bounced off the rim as time expired allowing GW to escape with an 82-80 victory and complete a season sweep of the Explorers. It marked GW's seventh A-10 victory of the season surpassing its league win total from last season (6-10).
GW junior Tony Taylor led the Colonials with a 17-point, 11-assist double-double. Freshman Nemanja Mikic matched Taylor with 17 points on 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. The Colonials blocked 10 Explorer shots but had to overcome 21 turnovers, two of which came in the last 1:04 to keep La Salle's hopes alive.
The Colonials built an 18-point lead (59-41) at the 14:48 mark of the second half on the strength of a 25-3 run that bridged the halves. The Colonials still led by 10 with 3:45 showing before La Salle rallied and cut the deficit to one on a three-pointer by Tyreek Duren only after GW had turned it over on successive inbounds plays. Bryan Bynes converted a pair of free throws to put GW up 80-77 with 42 seconds left. A Murray layin made it 80-79 GW at the 26-second mark. Taylor then converted a pair of free throws to give the Colonials an 82-79 advantage with 16 seconds left.
GW fouled La Salle's Sam Mills with three seconds left and he made the front end before intentionally missing the second but the ball caromed out of bounds off of a GW player. The Explorers inbounded to Murray who got off a short jumper just before the buzzer sounded.
GW shot an impressive 54 percent (18-33) in the first half and took a 43-38 lead into the locker room. The Colonials shot 52.7 percent for the game including 57 percent from three-point range. La Salle shot 42.2 percent (27-64) but just 5-of-18 from long range.
La Salle (12-15, 4-8 A-10) wasted a 27-point effort by Jerrell Williams, 18 of which came in the first half. Duren added 15 points and eight assists for the Explorers.
In the Colonials' last visit to Tom Gola Arena last season, GW lost when a potential game-winning three-point attempt was off the mark.
GW (14-12, 7-5 A-10) hosts Charlotte (10-15, 2-9 A-10) for the second regular-season meeting with the 49ers on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Smith Center. The GW-Charlotte game will tip at 7 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on 1500 AM, 820 AM as well as at FederalNewsRadio.com. Live video and stats will be available at GWsports.com. GW defeated Charlotte, 73-67, back on Feb. 5 at Halton Arena.