Men's Basketball Mauls Marist Behind Taylor's 23 Points
Colonials Win First Game of the Season, 79-59, For Hobbs' 150th Career Victory
Nov. 17, 2010
VILLANOVA, PA -- George Washington junior Tony Taylor led all players with a career-high 23 points as the Colonials defeated Marist, 79-59, to give coach Karl Hobbs his 150th career victory in a second-round game of the 2010 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off Wednesday at Villanova's Pavilion.
Taylor's effort helped the Colonials put the previous night's season-opening loss to Boston University behind them and evened GW's record at 1-1. Taylor was one of four Colonials in double figure points including freshman Chris Fitzgerald's 16-point performance in his first college game. Fitzgerald hit 4-of-8 three-pointers against the Red Foxes and added 4-4 free throws and a pair of steals. Joseph Katuka (11 points) and Tim Johnson (10 points) were the Colonials' other leading scorers.
The Colonials knocked down seven three-pointers in the first half en route to a 43-28 lead at the half. Marist closed to within three at 22-19 with 9:28 left in the first half. GW responded with an 8-0 run behind three-pointers from Fitzgerald and Johnson. The Colonials' lead grew to as much as 24 (55-31) on a Fitzgerald three-pointer five minutes into the second half.
Marist (0-2) shot just 37 percent (19-51) for the game. Candon Rusin led the Red Foxes with 15 points while teammate Anell Alexis added 13 points.
For the second straight night, GW dominated the boards and outrebounding Marist, 42-28, including a 13-5 edge on the offensive end.
GW returns to Washington to await the results from the other NIT Season Tip-Off games Wednesday to determine if it will be a host site for the consolation rounds this Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 22-23, at Charles E. Smith Center.