Men's Basketball Turns Back Charlotte, 75-70, on Homecoming

Feb. 27, 2010

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WASHINGTON, DC -- George Washington freshman Bryan Bynes scored all of his 11 points in the second half and Aaron Ware contributed 13 points and a career-high eight rebounds to lift the Colonials past Charlotte, 75-70, Saturday in an Atlantic 10 game at Charles E. Smith Center.

GW (16-11, 6-8) was led by Tony Taylor's game-high 16 points, one of four Colonials in double figures. Joseph Katuka added 10 points, eight in the first half.

Charlotte (19-9, 9-5) also had four players score in double figures led by Shamri Spears and Javarris Barnett with 12 each. Phil Jones tallied 11 points and Derrio Green chipped in with 10 points.

GW closed out the first half with a 6-2 run for a 39-30 lead at halftime behind eight points each from Joseph Katuka, Lasan Kromah and Tony Taylor. Charlotte managed just 28.6 percent shooting in the opening half led by Phil Jones' eight points.

GW's lead grew to as much as 18 at 62-44 on a layup by Bynes at the 11:03 mark of the second half. Charlotte managed to cut the lead to eight at 69-61 on a pair of free throws by Green with 51 seconds left. The 49ers then began to foul GW on every possession and the strategy almost worked as the Colonials managed to convert just 6-of-10 from the line in the game's final minute. Then, leading by 12 with just 20 seconds remaining, GW coach Karl Hobbs emptied his bench sending in the Colonials' three non-scholarship players to run out the clock. Charlotte's Gokhan Sirin then nailed back-to-back three-pointers over the next eight seconds and the lead was suddenly down to six (74-68) with nine ticks showing. Hobbs subbed his starters back in to close out the game.

More than 30 former Colonials players, representing six decades, were in attendance and were introduced at halftime of the Homecoming festivities.

GW plays the final regular-season home game when it hosts Saint Joseph's (9-19, 3-11) on Wednesday, Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 1500 AM and 820 AM and online at



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