Men's Basketball Nips Nevada, 58-56
Colonials Improve to 2-1 in NIT Season Tip-Off
Nov. 22, 2010
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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