GW Men's Hoops Yields to Charlotte's Second-Half Run in 72-62 Loss

Junior David Pellom posted his second straight double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in Wednesday's 72-62 loss at Charlotte.

Feb. 22, 2012

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Four George Washington men's basketball players scored in double figures for the second straight game but it wasn't enough as Charlotte pulled away with a big second-half run to defeat the Colonials, 72-62, at Halton Arena on Wednesday night.

The loss drops GW into 12th place in the A-10 standings with three regular-season games remaining. The Colonials hold a two-game lead on Fordham (9-17, 2-11 A-10) for the final A-10 Championship berth.

Senior Tony Taylor led GW (9-18, 4-9 A-10) with 14 points and junior David Pellom provided his second straight double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Nemanja Mikic hit three three-pointers en route to 11 points and six rebounds, and junior Lasan Kromah chipped in 10 points, six assists and five rebounds.

With his 14 points, Taylor moved past Pops Mensah-Bonsu (2002-06) into 21st on GW's career scoring list with 1,309 points.

Charlotte (13-13, 5-8 A-10) was led by the trio of Chris Braswell, Javarris Barnett and DeMario Mayfield, who combined for 52 of the 49ers' 72 points and 18 of their 29 rebounds. Braswell scored the opening nine points and had 15 of his game-high 19 points in the first half, Barnett trailed with 18, and Mayfield added 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Trailing 38-33 at halftime, GW used a 9-3 run out of the locker room - sparked by all five of junior Dwayne Smith's points in the contest - to grab a brief 42-41 lead with 15:46 remaining.

The 49ers responded with an 18-3 run, including a pair of Derrio Green three-pointers, to put the Colonials in their largest deficit of the night at 59-45 with 9:37 to play.

GW threatened to climb back into the contest behind five points from Taylor and a free throw and alley-oop lay-in from Pellom to make it 62-55 with 3:08 left, but Barnett answered with his third triple of the game to push the margin back to double digits at 65-55. Pellom converted a putback on the next trip, but the Colonials would get no closer than eight in the final minutes.

The Colonials held a 41-29 rebounding edge, including a season-high 23 offensive rebounds that translated into a 19-10 advantage in second-chance points. However, the 49ers shot 47 percent (22-of-47) from the field and 57 percent behind the arc (8-of-14), while the Colonials managed just 40 percent (24-of-60) overall and 28 percent (5-of-18) from three-point range, including 1-of-10 in the second half.

GW will play its next two games at home in Charles E. Smith Center, beginning with Saturday's contest against Duquesne at 2 p.m. That came can be viewed live on GW All-Access and heard live on 1500/820 AM and