Armwood's Slam Secures Win Over Dayton, A-10 Bid for GW Men's Hoops
Seniors Bynes, Smith Post Memorable Performances in Final Home Games
March 9, 2013
WASHINGTON - Isaiah Armwood's tip dunk with 2.4 seconds remaining in overtime capped a 6-1 run over the final 40 seconds and gave George Washington men's basketball an 81-80 victory over Dayton at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday.
The dramatic victory secured GW (13-16, 7-9 A-10) a berth in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship. The official league pairings will be announced upon the completion of the regular season on Sunday. The Colonials are likely the No. 11 seed slated to face No. 6 seed Massachusetts on Thursday, March 14 at 9:00 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The contest will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
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One, simple storyline painted the picture for GW entering Saturday's home finale - beat Dayton for a chance to qualify for the postseason, or head into the offseason with a loss. Several storylines emerged following yet another thrilling finish inside venerable Smith Center:
The Colonials recognized seniors Bryan Bynes and Dwayne Smith prior to the final home games of their careers, and the duo produced memorable outings. Bynes, thought to be out for the season after suffering a fractured leg less than three weeks ago, finished with a season-high 13 points in 31 minutes as a starter and nearly won the game for GW at the close of regulation, but his running bank-shot rattled out. Smith totaled 15 points, five rebounds and four steals, including a critical theft and lay-in to knot the game at 79-79 with 34.7 seconds left in the extra session.
Lasan Kromah provided a spark off the bench yet again with 12 points, including a layup with 39.9 seconds left in regulation that eventually forced overtime at 71-71 and also made him the 44th member of GW's 1,000 career points club.
Freshman Joe McDonald led GW in scoring with 16 points in a team-high 36 minutes. It was McDonald's steal and layin with 40.3 seconds left in overtime that ignited the Colonials' late rally after trailing 79-75. Fellow rookie Kevin Larsen also had an impact with eight points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes in his first reserve role in A-10 action.
After Smith's steal and layin knotted the game for the 11th time at 79-79, Dayton regained the lead at 80-79 on a Matt Derenbecker free throw with 7.7 seconds remaining.
The Flyers called timeout, giving Coach Mike Lonergan an opportunity to draw up a play to cover 94 feet and potentially prolong the Colonials' season and give him his 400th victory. Kromah dribbled 70 feet and occupied four defenders before hoisting a driving shot that trickled off the front of the rim. Armwood raced down an open lane to slam home the miss for the 11th and final lead change of the game with 2.4 seconds showing.
UD's final shot - a three-point attempt by Dyshawn Pierre - went in, but after an anxious minute of review and deliberation by the officials, it was deemed the shot left Pierre's hands late to send the 3,421 fans and GW bench into celebration.
The Colonials held a 23-7 edge on the offensive glass that translated into a 20-5 advantage in second-chance points. The Flyers shot better than 50 percent for the sixth straight game at 57.4 percent (27-47), but committed 21 turnovers that led to 28 points for the Colonials.
The win was GW's 11th in 14 home meetings against Dayton and 16th overall in the 30-game series.