Men's Basketball Sinks Navy, 81-69, in BB&T Classic
Hollis and Kromah Combine for 34 Points to Pace Colonials' Offense
Dec. 6, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington men's basketball team tipped off the 15th Annual BB&T Classic with a 81-69 triumph over Navy Sunday at Verizon Center. GW senior Damian Hollis led the Colonials with a team-high 18 points on 7-14 shooting from the field and freshman Lasan Kromah added 16 points and five steals.
Navy (4-5) was led by senior Chris Harris' game-high 26 points, 13 in each half.
The Colonials shot just 38 percent (13-for-32) in the first half but managed to forge a 37-35 lead at the break. Navy was only slightly better at 41 percent on 12-of-29 shooting but committed 12 turnovers in the opening half.
GW then slowly built its lead to 10 at 55-45 on a Tim Johnson layup but the pesky Mids managed to rally and cut the deficit to one on a layup by Harris at the 9:16 mark. GW responded with 14-0 run capped by a Johnson three-pointer to build the lead to 15 (75-60) with 4:22 remaining as GW's pressure defense finally began to wear down the Midshipmen.
Navy shot 38.6 (22-for-57) from the field but turned it over 21 times. The Colonials shot 46.9 percent (30-64) from the field and outrebounded the Midshipmen, 40-32, including an 28-23 advantage on the defensive glass.
GW (6-1) GW returns to Smith Center to host Providence (5-2) Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 1050 AM and online at FederalNewsRadio.com as well as live video streamed on www.GWsports.com.
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