Colonials Hold Off Dayton, 60-58, on 'Senior Day'
Colonials Secure 5th Seed in A-10 Championship
March 5, 2011
Recap: GW vs. Dayton 3/5/11
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington's Tony Taylor sank a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left and senior Jabari Edwards blocked Chris Wright's potential game-tying shot to preserve a 60-58 victory over Dayton Saturday at Charles E. Smith Center on `Senior Day' and the final day of the regular season. The win secured the fifth seed in the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship that commences Tuesday. The Colonials will host 12th-seeded Saint Joseph's (9-21, 4-12 A-10) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Center.
GW shot 42 percent in the first half but managed to take a 30-29 lead at the break. Tony Taylor paced GW with11 first-half points. The teams played through 11 lead changes and seven ties, the last coming at 58-58 on a three-pointer by UD's Paul Williams with 40 seconds showing. Taylor was fouled with 10 seconds left and calmly converted both for the final margin. After a 30-second timeout, the Flyers got the ball to Wright who started to go up from the low block but was met by Edwards' two-handed block as time expired.
The game got off to a rough start for GW which picked up five quick fouls in the first three minutes of the game, two each on Joseph Katuka and Nemanja Mikic sending both starters to the bench at the 17-minute mark. And the fouls weren't just restricted to the players as one of the officials even ejected a fan from a courtside seat for unsportsmanlike conduct early in the second half.
Dayton (18-10, 9-5 A-10) was led by Wright's 12 points and seven rebounds. Josh Benson and Juwan Staten added 10 points each for the Flyers.
In the A-10 Championship format, the top four teams receive a first-round bye while seeds 5-8 host a first-round game against seeds 9-12. The quarterfinals, semifinals and final all take place at Atlantic City, NJ, Mar. 11-13.
GW (17-13, 10-6 A-10) next hosts Saint Joseph's in Tuesday's first-round game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be telecast on CBS College Sports and broadcast on 1500 AM, 820 AM as well as at FederalNewsRadio.com.