Men's Basketball Holds Off East Carolina, 82-80
Taylor Scores Career-High 26 Points as Colonials Shoot 56 Percent
Dec. 22, 2010
Recap: GW vs. East Carolina 12/22/10
WASHINGTON - George Washington's Bryan Bynes banked in an off-balance 18-foot shot with 2.5 seconds left to lift the Colonials past visiting East Carolina, 82-80, in a thrilling non-conference match-up Wednesday at GW's Charles E. Smith Center. GW junior Tony Taylor scored a career-high 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lead the Colonials who also got a career-high 17 points from Joseph Katuka. Dwayne Smith added 20 points, including 3-for-3 three-pointers.
GW, which won its third straight game, led by as many as 11 (50-39) at the 15:23 mark of the second half before the Pirates rallied to take a 55-54 lead on a jumper by Jontae Sherrod with 11:14 remaining. The Colonials trailed, 77-74, with 1:21 left before Taylor scored five straight points on a a layup and three free throws to give GW a 79-77 advantage.
ECU tied the game at 80-80 on a three-point play by Darrius Morrow to set the stage for Bynes' heroics. GW inbounded the ball with nine ticks left and Taylor passed to Bynes who curled to the right wing and fired a shot as he was falling that banked in with just two seconds showing. The game ended when Brock Young's desperation heave from half court was blocked as time expired.
GW shot 60 percent in the second half and a season-high 55.6 percent overall while the Pirates shot 51.7 percent for the game.
East Carolina (7-5, 0-0 C-USA) was led by Sherrod's 21 points, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, as the Pirates connected on 11 threes.
The Colonials hit 15 of 29 shots in the first half to lead by four, 37-33, at the break.
GW (5-5, 0-0 A-10) will face another Conference USA team when it travels to Birmingham, AL, to play UAB (9-2) on Monday, Dec. 27, at Bartow Arena. The GW-UAB game will tip at 8 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on 1500 AM and 820 AM, as well as at FederalNewsRadio.com.