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GW Men's Hoops Tops UMES, 64-48, in Coach Mike Lonergan's Debut

Head coach Mike Lonergan helped GW to a season-opening 64-48 victory over UMES in front of 3,369 fans at Charles E. Smith Center on Friday night.

 
Head coach Mike Lonergan helped GW to a season-opening 64-48 victory over UMES in front of 3,369 fans at Charles E. Smith Center on Friday night.
 

Nov. 11, 2011

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WASHINGTON - Senior point guard Tony Taylor led all players with 20 points and the Colonials' defense limited UMES to 29 percent shooting as the George Washington men's basketball team opened the Mike Lonergan era with a 64-48 victory before 3,369 fans at Charles E. Smith Center on Friday night.

GW (1-0) overcame a 38.5 percent shooting night with a dominating defensive performance, limiting UMES (0-1) to 29 percent shooting in each half and forcing 24 turnovers en route to its first victory under new head coach Mike Lonergan.

Taylor made 8-of-16 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, and added six rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes to lift the Colonials.

Senior Aaron Ware and junior David Pellom each provided nine points off of the bench, with Ware grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. Graduate student Jabari Edwards scored six early points before finishing with a career-high eight points and game-high four blocks.

UMES returning leading scorer Hillary Haley netted a team-high 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting, while teammate Tyler Hines added nine points on 3-of-7 shooting and a game-high 15 rebounds. However, the Colonials limited the Hawks' other eight players to 10-of-42 shooting from the field and just 27 points.

Edwards scored the opening basket for an early 2-0 lead, but GW missed its next six shots and trailed UMES, 8-3, at the first media timeout.

That deficit quickly evaporated though as GW answered with a 16-2 run - highlighted by three alley-oop finished by Pellom - over the next 7:36 to grab a 19-10 lead.

UMES started 4-of-10 from the floor, but followed with 13 straight misses, while GW made 6-of-12 during the 14-point swing after starting 2-of-11.

Junior Bryan Bynes made a 3-pointer and scored in transition to max the run out at 25-9 and give the Colonials their largest lead of the half at 28-17, before settling on a 30-22 cushion at the break. Bynes added a game-high three steals in 13 minutes off the bench.

The Hawks trimmed the margin to 34-27 on a Louis Bell triple just 3:05 into the second half, but Taylor sandwiched a short jumper and 3-pointer around a Ware putback to push the Colonials back out to a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest.

GW outscored UMES, 26-8, after Bell had cut the lead to seven to surge to its largest lead of the night at 60-35 with 7:15 to play. Taylor did most of his damage during the 18-point swing, converting a series of short-range jumpers in the lane and scoring nine of his game-high 20 points over that span to clinch the season-opening victory.

The victory sets up a Sunday showdown at nationally ranked No. 24 California in the Progressive CBE Classic opener for both teams. Tip-off from Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif., is set for 9:30 p.m. ET, and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

The Colonials will cross the country on Saturday afternoon ahead of Sunday's nationally televised showdown against the Golden Bears.

 

 

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