GW Men's Hoops Can't Come Back in 71-59 Loss at Saint Joseph's
Feb. 23, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - George Washington men's basketball got as close as seven after falling into an early 18-point first-half deficit, but lost to Saint Joseph's, 71-59, at Hagan Arena on Saturday.
The loss sends GW (12-13, 6-6 A-10) into a three-way tie for ninth in the Atlantic 10 standings with St. Joe's (15-10, 6-6) and its next opponent Richmond (16-11, 6-6). The defeat also keeps coach Mike Lonergan one victory shy of 400 for his career.
GW had to play from behind the entire afternoon after surrendering the opening 12 points of the contest and trailing 20-2 just over five minutes into the game. The Hawks made seven straight field goals while starting 8-of-11 from the floor to build the 18-point margin and the Colonials couldn't recover.
In his first game in Philadelphia after transferring to GW from Villanova, Isaiah Armwood led a trio of double-digit scorers with 14 points. Lasan Kromah chipped in 13 points to climb to 959 in his third season, just 41 shy of becoming the 44th member of the Colonials' 1,000-point club. Freshman Patricio Garino finished with 10 points and team-high three steals, while rookie Kevin Larsen added nine points and team-highs of six rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Langston Galloway finished with a season-high 26 points, including six 3-pointers, and a game-high four steals to pace SJU, which won its fourth straight home game. Carl Jones, who scored 15 points, netted eight of SJU's opening 20 points and tallied 11 in the first half to spark the Hawks. C.J. Aiken pitched in 13 points and Ronald Roberts added eight.
Garino scored eight consecutive points to cap a 16-7 run that cut the deficit to single digits, and senior Dwayne Smith's jumper 49 seconds before the break pulled the Colonials within 37-29. However, Galloway capped his 11-point first half with a triple to give the Hawks a 40-29 advantage at the intermission. Galloway then added seven quick points as SJU surged to a 49-33 cushion early in the second half.
GW, whose 10 miscues were its second-fewest of the season, didn't commit a turnover for more than eight minutes and Kromah scored nine of his 13 points to close to 55-47 with 8:14 to play. A costly turnover allowed the Hawks to regain their double-digit lead, but a three-point play by Armwood and pair of foul shots by Larsen got the Colonials within seven, 59-52, with 5:53 remaining. However, another turnover led to Galloway's fifth three-pointer and GW wouldn't get within single-digits the rest of the way.
The Colonials make their second trip to Richmond, Va., in 11 days to visit the Spiders on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1050 AM.