Men's Basketball Blitzed by BU, 76-67
Colonials Unable to Dig Out of 20-Point First-Half Deficit
Nov. 16, 2010
VILLANOVA, PA -- GW junior Tony Taylor led three Colonials in double-figure scoring with a team-high 18 points but George Washington fell behind by 20 points in the first half and was unable to rally in dropping its season-opener, 76-67, to Boston University Tuesday at Villanova's Pavilion.
The loss snapped a streak of five straight season-opening victories for the Colonials and was GW's first loss to the Terriers since 1979. The Colonials (0-1) are now 7-3 in season-openers under 10th-year coach Karl Hobbs.
Boston University's John Holland led all players with 28 points while teammate Jake O'Brien added 20 points to propel the confident Terriers who had lost 11 straight games to GW spanning the last 19 years. Holland scored 17 points in the first half on 6-of-8 shooting, including a three-pointer at the 6:42 mark to stake the Terriers to a 20-point lead (32-12). O'Brien added 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The Colonials, playing without the services of leading returning scorer Lasan Kromah who is out with a foot sprain, had trouble scoring early and had just two points after six and a half minutes. GW scored its second field goal at the 13:26 mark of the opening half but by then, they trailed by 10 to the more aggressive Terriers. BU's lead ballooned to 20 before settling for a 42-28 lead at halftime.
Senior Joseph Katuka scored 15 points on 6-12 FGs with six rebounds and freshman Nemanja Mikic tallied 12 points in his first college game. Taylor handed out a game-high six assists and had just one turnover.
Boston U. (1-1) shot 49 percent (25-51) for the game while the Colonials shot just 34.4 percent (22-64). GW won the battle of the boards outrebounding BU, 41-30, including a 19-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
GW (0-1) remains in Philadelphia to play Marist in the second round Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Pavilion. Marist (0-1) lost, 84-47, in its season opener to No. 6/7 Villanova earlier Tuesday. The GW-Marist game will be broadcast live on 1050 AM and via the Internet: FederalNewsRadio.com and GWsports.com.
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