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Men's Basketball Nips Nevada, 58-56

Tony Taylor continued to shoulder much of the scoring responsibilities Monday night against Nevada.
Tony Taylor continued to shoulder much of the scoring responsibilities Monday night against Nevada.

Nov. 22, 2010

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Recap: GW vs. Nevada 11/22/10

WASHINGTON, DC -- George Washington's Tony Taylor led the Colonials in scoring for the third straight game with 14 points as the Colonials hung on to defeat Nevada, 58-56, in a consolation-round game of the 2010 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off Monday at Charles E. Smith Center.

Taylor was one of three Colonials in double figure points along with senior Joseph Katuka (12 points ) and Aaron Ware (11 points). Katuka added his season-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and fifth of his career.



Neither team shot particularly well with Nevada combining for a 36.8 FG percentage (21-57) while GW managed to shoot just 35.1 percent (20-57) from the floor. The Colonials struggled from the line as well converting just 12-21 for 57 percent.

Nevada (1-3) committed 20 turnovers but outrebounded the Colonials, 45-35. Darrio Hunt led the Wolf Pack with 16 points while teammate Devonte Elliott grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

The Colonials knocked down six three-pointers led by Nemanja Mikic's 3-4 from beyond the arc.

After the teams played through five lead changes and seven ties in the first half, neither team was able to take control and settled for a 29-29 tie at the break. Nevada opened a seven-point lead midway through the second half with a 11-4 spurt beginning at the 16:45 mark. A three-point play on a layup and a free throw by Hunt staked the Wolf Pack to a 45-38 lead with 11:10 remaining. Nevada's lead was again at seven (51-44) on an Elliott free throw with 7:11 left before the Colonials began their rally.

Aaron Ware drove the lane and hit a floater at the 3:50 mark while getting fouled in the act. He converted the three-point play to tie the game at 51-51 with 3:50 showing. Another driving layup by Ware with 1:21 left gave GW a 53-51 lead. Tim Johnson and Taylor sank 3-of-4 free throws to put GW up, 56-51, with 40 seconds on hte clock. A pair of free throws from Hunt cut the lead to 56-53 before a breakaway dunk by Johnson made the score 58-53 with five seconds showing. Nevada's Malik Story nailed a desperation three-pointer as time expired for the final margin.

GW next hosts Hampton (3-1) Tuesday at 8 p.m. in its final game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Smith Center. Hampton edged Boston University, 51-50, in Monday's early game on the GW campus. Nevada will play BU in Tuesday's 5:30 game at Smith Center followed by the GW-Hampton game at 8 p.m.

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