Men's Basketball Falls at the Buzzer to Rider, 67-65
Colonials see their record even at 2-2 as Jair Bolden's shot at the buzzer comes up short
WASHINGTON -- In a heart stopper at the Charles E. Smith Center that featured 13 lead changes and another baker's dozen of ties - including four in the final 7:00 of play - a would-be game-winning try at the buzzer from Jair Bolden came up short and the George Washington men's basketball fell to Rider, 67-65, on Monday night.
The Colonials enjoyed a 54-49 lead with 7:50 to play, before five straight Broncs points knotted the game with two ticks of the clock shy of seven minutes to go. The teams traded threes to lock it up at 57, and exchanged another pair of triples to yield a 60-60 deadlock at the 4:37 mark.
With Rider up two at 65-63 and the clock winding under a minute, a jumper by Patrick Steeves yielded the game's final tie score with :59 seconds to go. Rider's Frederick Scott, who led the visitors 17 points and 10 rebounds, put his team ahead on a lay-up with :36 remaining, leaving the Colonials with two attempts for one more tie or lead change. First a Broncs' steal in the lane gave the ball back to Rider and after GW fouled to send their guests to the line for a one-and-one, the squad from Lawrenceville, NJ gave the Colonials one last gasp and a chance for a thrilling win.
After Rider missed the front end of the one-and-one, Bolden raced up court looking to play the role of hero for the game. It wasn't to be though and the Colonials had their record evened at 2-2 on the season while Rider improved to 3-1.
Steeves registered a game-high 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting for GW, and Yuta Watanabe recorded his second double-double of the season with 16 points, a game- and career-high 13 rebounds and six of GW's 12 blocks in the contest as he played all of the game's 40 minutes.
For Rider, behind Scott it was a pair of Jordans in Jordan Allen and Stevie Jordan who carried the offensive burden. Allen netted 15 while Jordan, wearing #23, had 12 points and a team-high six assists in 31 minutes off the bench. Rider's reserves outdid their GW counterparts 24-12 on the scoreboard.
Freshman guard Terry Nolan Jr. played 37 minutes for the Colonials and accumulated nine points, four assists without a turnover, four steals, a block and a pair of three-pointers, while Bolden's six assists led GW.
The schedule for GW doesn't relent as the Colonials now face a crucible of competition. First the Colonials will see 15th-ranked Xavier in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving Day at 5pm on FS1, before seeing either Kansas State or Arizona State on Friday. Morgan State makes a stop at Smith Center next Wednesday in the team's next home game, with games against Temple, Princeton, at Penn State and vs. Miami on the horizon.
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