GW Men's Hoops Hounded by Loyola (Md.) in 65-55 Loss
Pellom Slams His Way to Career-High 19 Points; Lonergan Loses Duel Against Former College Teammate Patsos
Dec. 7, 2011
GW Coach Lonergan, Taylor, Pellom Post-Game vs Loyola (12/7/11)
WASHINGTON - Junior David Pellom netted a career-high 19 points and classmate Lasan Kromah chipped in with 11, but it was not enough as the George Washington men's basketball team fell to Loyola (Md.), 65-55, on Wednesday evening in Charles E. Smith Center.
Pellom made 8-of-9 field goals, highlighted by four dunks, en route to his career-best 19, while he and Kromah paced the Colonials with six rebounds apiece. Senior Aaron Ware netted eight points off of the bench.
GW's (4-4) senior leading scorer Tony Taylor, who was presented with the game ball from when he scored his 1,000th career point prior to tip-off, tallied game-highs of six assists and three steals, but was limited to just six points and fouled out with 3:46 left.
With their mentor - former Maryland coach Gary Williams - watching from the baseline, former Catholic University teammates and roommates turned head coaches Mike Lonergan and Jimmy Patsos went head-to-head for the fifth consecutive year, but the first since Lonergan became coach at GW. Patsos was able to earn his third win in the series thanks to a large first-half run and a combined 38 points and 24 rebounds from Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly.
Loyola's (7-1) top scorer Cormier netted a career-high 26 points to equal the output of GW's starting five and added a career-best nine rebounds to lead the Greyhounds to their seventh straight victory. Etherly added a 12-point, 15-rebound double-double, while Cormier and Shane Walker chipped in nine rebounds apiece to help LU to a 42-29 rebounding edge.
The Greyhounds made 6-of-11 threes and shot 45 percent for the game, while the Colonials shot just under 38 percent, including 2-of-8 from behind the arc in the second half. Cormier and Etherly combined to make 13-of-25 shots, and Cormier made 10-of-13 free throws, compared to 7-of-10 as a team for GW.
GW only led twice, the last time on a Kromah three-pointer that gave the hosts a 19-17 cushion with 6:49 left in the first half. The Colonials wouldn't score for nearly five minutes after Kromah's triple, while the Greyhounds rolled off 17 unanswered points to surge to a 34-19 advantage. GW scored the last five points of the half, including a Kromah three just two seconds before the buzzer, to close to 34-24 at halftime.
The teams traded five-point runs to open the second half, with the Colonials again narrowing their deficit to 10 at 39-29 with 16:36 to play. However, the Greyhounds ripped off a 10-0 spurt for their largest lead of the night at 49-29 at the 13:35 mark.
Pellom led a Colonials' rally over the next eight minutes, scoring eight of his 19 points during a 15-3 rally that trimmed the deficit to 52-44 with 5:18 to play.
Walker scored one of his two baskets via a putback on the Greyhounds' next possession, then Cormier converted a layup and drew Taylor's fifth foul to put Loyola ahead 56-44 at the final media timeout. GW got no closer than 10 the rest of the way.
GW will face its most-difficult test of the season on Saturday when it travels to No. 3/3 Syracuse. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports and SNY, as well as broadcast on 1500/850 AM. Colonials' assistant director of basketball operations Maurice Joseph, who played under Lonergan at Vermont, is the older brother of Orange senior Kris Joseph.
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