GW Men's Hoops Outlasted by Bradley in Final Seconds, 67-66
Colonials Drop Fifth Straight Despite Four Double-Digit Scorers
Dec. 15, 2011
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's basketball team put four players into double figures for the first time this season and had a chance to win on the final possession, but two missed shots in the final seconds sent the Colonials to a 67-66 loss to Bradley at Charles E. Smith Center on Thursday night.
Senior Aaron Ware paced the Colonials with 13 points off the bench, freshman John Kopriva made all six of his shots for a career-high 12, senior Tony Taylor added 11 and junior Lasan Kromah netted 10 for GW, which dropped its fifth straight game to fall to 4-6 overall.
Kromah added a career-high seven assists and seven rebounds, while graduate student Jabari Edwards equaled a career-best with six blocks and also grabbed seven boards.
Bradley (5-4) won its second straight behind Walt Lemon, Jr.'s game-high 22 points, which included the deciding three-pointer with 44 seconds to play. BU's leading scorer Taylor Brown totaled 13 second-half points to finish with 15 for the night, and Jake Eastman - who entered the contest 2-of-22 from behind the arc - made 4-of-5 threes and added 12 points.
The Colonials held their largest lead of the night at 56-48 with 10:51 left following back-to-back transition baskets from Ware and junior Dwayne Smith.
Brown then scored nine straight to offset a Taylor three-pointer and spark the Braves to an 11-3 run that produced the game's fourth tie at 59-59 with 6:01 remaining.
Taylor buried a mid-range jumper out of a GW timeout for a brief 61-59 edge at the 5:31 mark, but Lemon, Jr., knocked down a triple 28 seconds later to give BU a one-point lead at 62-61.
Despite missing a pair of opportunities to regain the lead and falling behind 64-61 with four minutes to play, the Colonials managed to tie the contest for the fifth time, 64-64, with 2:37 left on a Kromah free throw and Ware layup.
After both teams missed their next two shots, Bradley benefitted from a GW defensive kick-ball with two seconds on the shot clock. Lemon, Jr., nailed his game-winning triple on the 15-second reset to give BU a 67-64 advantage, but GW had its chance to steal the victory.
Taylor made two free throws with 23.9 seconds left to close within 67-66, then junior Bryan Bynes forced a jump-ball on the ensuing inbounds pass to return possession to the Colonials, who called timeout with 20.9 seconds.
A designed play for Taylor never materialized and Lemon, Jr., blocked a late driving attempt in the lane. The loose ball fell to a crashing Kromah, but his rushed running 12-footer at the buzzer was short.
The loss drops GW to 2-3 in the five all-time meetings as BU secured either teams' first road win in the series.
The Colonials' +8 rebounding advantage, including a 21-9 margin in offensive rebounds, was their largest of the season and led to a 23-8 edge in second-chance points.
However, eight of the Braves' 26 field goals came from the beyond the arc as they shot 50 percent (26-52) on the night. The Colonials finished at 41.4 percent (29-70), but made just 2-of-10 three-pointers.
GW is idle for a week before it hosts the second of a four-game homestand next Thursday against James Madison on Staff Appreciation Night. Tip-off at Charles E. Smith Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game can be viewed and listened to live on GW All-Access, as well as heard on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500 AM.