GW Men's Hoops Falls at Dayton, Will Face Flyers in A-10 First Round
March 3, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio - George Washington men's basketball got a combined 51 points from senior Tony Taylor and juniors David Pellom and Lasan Kromah in a 75-59 loss in its regular-season finale at Dayton on Saturday.
The Flyers got 39 points from their four seniors playing their final regular-season home game and made 10-of-16 three pointers to keep the Colonials at arms length the entire game.
Pellom made 9-of-11 shots to lead GW with 18 points and narrowly missed his fifth straight double-double with a game-high-tying nine rebounds. Taylor made 8-of-10 free throws in the second half to finish with 17 points, and Kromah scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half.
With his 17 points, Taylor climbed two spots into 19th on GW's career scoring list with 1,339 points, surpassing Mike King (1998-01) and Bill Telasky (1955-59).
GW finishes the regular season at 10-20 overall, 5-11 in the Atlantic 10 and tied with Charlotte (13-16, 5-11) for 11th place in the final league standings. The two teams split the season series, but GW will receive the No. 11 seed to the A-10 Championship by virtue of an 0-1 mark against Xavier (Charlotte went 0-2 vs. Xavier).
The Colonials are slated to return to No. 6 seed Dayton (19-11, 9-7) for a rematch against the Flyers on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. GW will look to snap a four-game slide at UD Arena and avenge a 70-60 loss at Dayton in the 2010 A-10 Championship first round. UD will finish in a tie for fifth in the league standings and receive the sixth seed by virtue of tiebreakers.
Chris Johnson made 4-of-5 three-pointers and 6-of-7 field goals to lead all players with 19 points on his Senior Day at UD Arena. Matt Kavanaugh scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half, Kevin Dillard finished with 12 points and game-high seven assists, and Paul Williams chipped in 10. Devin Oliver had nine points and nine rebounds and, along with Kavanaugh's eight boards, helped the Flyers to a 31-25 rebounding edge.
Kavanaugh opened with six straight points for an early Dayton lead and GW would never catch up, only pulling within a possession of the lead one time the rest of the contest.
Pellom scored 12 points and Taylor added nine in the first half, but the Flyers closed the half with the final seven points to put the Colonials in a 38-27 deficit at intermission. A Taylor three-pointer and back-to-back baskets from Pellom sparked a 9-3 run that pulled GW within 31-27 until Dayton's half-ending spurt.
The Flyers opened the second half with an 11-2 run to open its largest lead at 49-29 and the Colonials failed to climb within single-digits. Kromah capped his strong second half with his second three-pointer of the game to make it 66-55 with 3:06 left, but GW would get no closer.