K-State Uses Second-Half Run to Drop GW Men's Hoops, 69-56

Graduate student Jabari Edwards finished with a game-high five blocks and team-high eight rebounds in Thursday's 69-56 loss at Kansas State.

Dec. 2, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - The George Washington men's basketball team trailed 39-37 with 16:11 left, but surrendered a 15-1 run midway through the second half in a 69-56 loss to Kansas State in sold out Bramlage Coliseum on Thursday night.

GW (4-2) trailed by just three, 32-29, after a first half that featured eight lead changes and four ties, and remained within a possession of the lead for more than four minutes into the second half before K-State (4-0) pulled away in front of 12,528 purple-clad fans.

Shane Southwell and Jamar Samuels converted back-to-back 3-pointers to move the Wildcats ahead by eight, then Will Spradling exploded for nine straight points to complete the momentum-turning 15-1 run that forced a GW timeout with the Colonials trailing 54-38.

GW went more than six minutes without a field goal during the Wildcats' rally, finally broken by Bryan Bynes' driving layup with 10:42 left to make it 54-40.

That's as close as the Colonials would get until a late three-point play from Aaron Ware that produced the final 13-point margin. K-State led by as many as 19 points at 63-44, following Bynes' basket with a 9-4 spurt that capped the game-changing 24-7 run.

The Colonials entered the game as the nation's top 3-point shooting team at 48.6 percent through five games and hit 4-of-8 triples in the first half. However, GW cooled to a 1-of-11 effort behind the arc in the second half and finished 5-of-19 from three-point range.

Senior Tony Taylor reached double figures for the fifth time this season with a game-high 14 points. Bynes, junior Lasan Kromah and sophomore Nemanja Mikic added nine apiece, but Mikic didn't score after hitting three first-half 3-pointers.

Graduate student Jabari Edwards blocked a game-high five shots and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.

K-State had three players reach double-digits in points and rebounds, paced by Thomas Gipson's 17-point, 13-rebound double-double. Samuels also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, while Jordan Henriquez grabbed 11 rebounds and Spradling finished with 14 points.

GW limited K-State to just 37.5 percent shooting, but managed to shoot only 31.3 percent on the offensive end and was outscored 25-8 in second-chance points. The Colonials were outrebounded 50-42.

Mikic's trio of first-half triples kept the Colonials close despite making just five of 12 foul shots in the period. GW weathered an 8-0 run and a 4:45 scoreless drought as K-State took its largest lead of the half at 25-19.

The Colonials answered with seven straight points to grab a 26-25 lead, followed by five consecutive points from K-State and an eventual 32-29 tally in favor of the Wildcats at the break.

GW returns to play in the district for the first time in 23 days when it battles VCU in the annual BB&T Classic at Verizon Center this Sunday at 2:15 p.m. The game will be broadcast regionally on MASN and nationally on Versus.

The GW Department of Athletics and Recreation invites Colonials' fans and supporters to join the men's basketball team for its Metro ride to Verizon Center for Sunday's game. The team is slated to leave the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station at 12:00 p.m., on Sunday afternoon.



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