Men's Basketball Bounced at Xavier, 81-62
Colonials Outrebounded, 41-28
Feb. 23, 2005
CINCINNATI, OH -- The George Washington men's basketball team ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Xavier and lost, 81-62, behind Musketeer center Brian Thornton's career-high 25 points and nine rebounds. The Musketeers beat the Colonials to several loose balls and outrebounded GW, 41-28, including a 26-16 advantage on the defensive boards.
GW sophomore J.R. Pinnock led the Colonials with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting with three assists and four steals. Four other Colonials scored eight points each and Carl Elliott added a team-high six rebounds and four assists.
The Colonials were cold from outside hitting just 3-14 from beyond the arc while Xavier converted 9-24 three-pointers led by Josh Duncan's 4-5 three-pointers for 14 points.
After taking a 38-30 lead at halftime, Xavier blew the game open with an 18-3 run to begin the second half. GW went scoreless for the first 4:49 of the second half during the decisive run and got no closer than 14 the rest of the way.
The Colonials have just 48 hours to regroup and play Dayton in a crucial match-up between the top two teams in the A-10 West Division. Saturday's game tips off at noon from UD Arena and will be televised on the A-10 TV Network and aired on Comcast SportsNet in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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