Second-Half Misfires Doom Colonials in 57-41 Loss to No. 24 Temple
Colonials Manage Just 18.8% 2nd-Half Shooting
Feb. 26, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC -- George Washington's defense held No. 24/24 Temple to just 35.8 percent shooting but Lavoy Allen was nearly unstoppable on both ends of the floor in leading the Owls to a come-from-behind 57-41 victory Saturday afternoon at Charles E. Smith Center. It marked Temple's fourth straight triumph over the Colonials since GW's last win in 2007.
GW came out strong and shot 44.4 percent in the first half to build a 12-point lead (22-10) before settling for a 26-23 halftime lead. Aaron Ware and Dwayne Smith were the main catalysts contributing nine and eight points, respectively. The second half was a different story, however, as the Owls ratcheted up the defense and held GW to just 15 points on 6-for-32 field goals after the intermission. GW leading scorer Tony Taylor was held to just five points on 2-for-12 shooting, nearly 10 points below his season average, after misfiring on several open looks.
GW's Nemanja Mikic opened the second-half scoring by hitting his 73rd three-pointer of the season to tie the single-season record for three-pointers made by a Colonials' freshman. Temple scored the next 10 points however, to take a 33-29 lead with 16:44 showing. Neither team led by more than three points over the next seven minutes until Temple began to pull away when a jumper by Ramone Moore gave the Owls a 45-39 advantage at the 9:41 mark. GW managed only two points over the final 12 minutes of the game when Taylor buried a jumper at the 5:33 mark.
The Colonials shot 30.5 percent for the game but hit only one three-pointer in 11 attempts and converted a miserable 4-for-11 (36.4%) from the free throw line. Temple made six of 16 three-pointers and sank 13-of-17 (76.5%) from the line.
Temple (22-6, 12-2 A-10) was led by Allen's 19-point, 16-rebound double-double. Khalif Wyatt added 14 points, six on free throws, for the Owls. Temple was short-handed playing without starters Scootie Randall and Micheal Eric, both sidelined with injuries.
The Homecoming crowd included DC Mayor and GW alumnus Vincent Gray (`64), CNN host Wolf Blitzer, GW President Steven Knapp and more than 50 former Colonials basketball players.
GW (15-13, 8-6 A-10) next travels to Rhode Island (18-10, 9-5 A-10) for the only regular-season meeting with the Rams on Wednesday, Mar. 2, at the Ryan Center. The GW-URI game will tip at 7 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on 1500 AM, 820 AM as well as at FederalNewsRadio.com.
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