Men's Basketball Falls at Saint Louis, 62-53
Colonials see their three-game winning streak snapped
SAINT LOUIS -- After finding its footing offensively in a recent five-game stretch that had produced four victories and an average of 82.2 points per game, the GW men's basketball team headed to Saint Louis on Saturday night knowing it had a difficult test. In a game featuring two teams with opposing strengths, unfortunately for the visiting Colonials it was Saint Louis which was able to impose its will in a 62-53 victory.
The Billikens, who are among the league's best in several defensive categories, including scoring and field-goal percentage defense, limited a Colonials team which had shot better than 50 percent in each of its last three games to a .345 clip. Saint Louis was also able to get to the free throw line nearly at will, making 31 trips and connecting on 19 of them while GW was just 11-of-19.
Saint Louis was led by forward Jalen Johnson's 20 points, 12 of which came via 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, and another six at the charity stripe. Frontcourt mate Hasahn French added 16 points and 6-6 guard Javon Bess double-doubled with 13 points and 11 boards.
In seeking to win its fourth straight game and establish its longest winning streak of the season, the Colonials were able to establish a three-point lead midway through the first half thanks to threes from Maceo Jack and Yuta Watanabe. Thanks to Toro, who had 11 boards by halftime, the Colonials held an 18-16 advantage on the glass after 20 minutes against the league's top rebounding team and trailed just 25-22 at the midway point.
In the second half, GW used a 7-0 run to pull within 39-38 and after forcing a turnover, had a chance to retake the lead with 8:57 to play. Saint Louis, though, got a stop and extended its lead back to five and though the Colonials threatened several times down the stretch, they were unable to retake the lead. The Billikens shot 45.8 percent in the second half, when French scored all 16 of his points on 6-of-9 shooting, after GW had limited them to 30.8 percent in the first.
As the regular season heads into its final week, GW returns home on Wednesday to face Fordham on Senior Night, when it will honor the careers of Watanabe, Patrick Steeves, Bo Zeigler and Jack Granger. After that, the Colonials head to Dayton on Saturday, March 3, ahead of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Washington, D.C. from March 7-11.
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