Men's Basketball Falls to No. 16 Xavier, 71-53
No. 16 Xavier 71, George Washington 53
Feb. 22, 2009
CINCINNATI -C.J. Anderson scored 14 points in the second half, leading five players in double figures, and the 16th-ranked Musketeers rolled to a 71-53 victory over George Washington Sunday that moved them back into first place in the Atlantic 10.
Damian Hollis scored 15 points for the Colonials, who fell behind 26-8 and trailed by as many as 25 points. George Washington shot 38.6 percent from the field and had 17 turnovers.
The Musketeers (22-5, 10-3) steadied themselves after yet another road loss and moved a half-game ahead of No. 25 Dayton for the conference lead. Ranked for the first time this season, the Flyers lost at Saint Louis 57-49 on Saturday night.
"They're always going to have four guys on the court who are capable of scoring 18 to 20 points on any given night," GW coach Karl Hobbs said. "The thing I like about them is they all have their roles and they know what they are."
George Washington was coming off its biggest win of the season, 90-62 over St. Bonaventure. Rob Diggs scored a season-high 26 points in that one. Playing a ranked team for the first time this season, Diggs went 1-for-5 with two points and four fouls. He scored the first points of the game on a reverse dunk before Xavier went on a 9-0 run to take charge early.