Miscues Prove Costly as GW Men's Hoops Falls to Mount St. Mary's, 65-56
Nov. 26, 2012
WASHINGTON - A game-high 18 points from senior Lasan Kromah and a second straight double-double from senior Isaiah Armwood weren't enough for George Washington men's basketball in a 65-56 loss to Mount St. Mary's at the Charles E. Smith Center on Monday night.
GW (2-3) struggled to solve the Mount's (2-3) 'Havoc' style of play as the Mountaineers' unrelenting pressure forced the Colonials into a season-high 25 turnovers. The Mount also made 8-of-15 three-pointers - near its 8.5 per game average in the designed up-tempo style - while limiting GW to 0-for-6 behind the arc, snapping a 129-game stretch of at least one made three-pointer dating back to Feb. 2008.
A pair of Mount threes proved especially costly for GW in a back-and-forth contest that saw seven ties and five lead changes. Sam Prescott's contested triple with 3:51 left gave the visitors a four-point lead after the Colonials had clawed to within 55-54, then Julian Norfleet beat the shot clock buzzer with a 25-foot bomb with 35 seconds left for a 64-56 Mount advantage. Prescott made four of the Mount's eight triples en route to 15 points, while Norfleet finished with 12 and Shivaughn Wiggins added 11.
Kromah made 8-of-12 field goals en route to a second consecutive game-high effort, and Armwood had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 11 rebounds. Freshman Kevin Larsen had his best all-around outing as a collegian with 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting, nine rebounds and four assists. However, GW got just three points from its bench and converted only 8-of-17 free throws. The Colonials managed to shoot 51 percent (24-47), but were buoyed by Kromah, Armwood and Larsen's combined 19-of-26 effort as the rest of the team made just 5-of-21 shots.
The Colonials shot 57 percent (12-21) in the first half, with Armwood and Kromah combining for 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, but committed 12 turnovers and trailed by four, 32-28, at intermission.
GW was able to pull even five times in the second half, but each time the Mount had an answer. Freshman Patricio Garino took a dish from Larsen to knot the game at 46-46 with 8:29 to play, but Josh Castellanos worked his way into the lane to put the Mount back ahead 14 seconds later. Armwood responded with a baseline dunk on another assist from Larsen, but Kristijan Krajina followed up a Norfleet miss with a tip dunk on the Mount's next possession and the Colonials couldn't draw even again.
The Colonials enjoyed a 42-20 edge in points in the paint, and a 26-20 advantage in points off turnovers despite the 25 giveaways, but the Mountaineers benefited from 26 combined points off the bench from Prescott and Wiggins.
GW completes its stretch of three games in five days at James Madison on Wednesday evening in a 7:00 p.m. contest that will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. The contest can also be heard live on FederalNewsRadio.com, RaiseHigh.tv and 1500/820 AM.