Men's Basketball Edges East Carolina, 84-80, in Overtime Thriller
Hollis, Taylor Combine for 41 to Pace Colonials
Dec. 22, 2009
GREENVILLE, NC - GW freshman Dwayne Smith tapped in a rebound at the buzzer at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime and Damian Hollis converted six straight free throws in the extra period to lead George Washington (8-2) to a 84-80 victory over East Carolina Tuesday night at Greenville, NC.
Colonials' sophomore Tony Taylor scored 17 of his career-high 20 points in the second half, including a stretch of nine straight midway through the half, to keep GW perfect on the road this season at 4-0.
The game was a back-and-forth affair that featured no fewer than 16 ties and 12 lead changes in the Colonials' second of four straight road games.
East Carolina (5-7) had five players in double figures led by Brock Young's team-high 20 points, 18 in the second half including 14-16 from the line. ECU's 6-foot-10, 155-pound center, Chad Wynn, was nearly unstoppable for the Pirates with 17 points from close range. Jamar Abrams added 15 points and Jontae Sherrod contributed 13 for the Pirates.
Both teams shot 41.7 percent from the field and each squad committed 16 turnovers but the Colonials dominated the boards outrebounding the Pirates, 48-38 including a 21-12 advantage on the offensive glass.
For the second straight game, a Taylor jumper with 27 seconds left gave the Colonials a slim 71-70 lead. ECU's Abrams responded with a three-pointer from the right wing to put the Pirates back on top, 73-71, with 19 seconds showing and forced GW coach Karl Hobbs to call his final timeout.
The Colonials got the ball to Hollis whose jumper was off the mark and subsequent tap-in attempt by Hermann Opoku rolled around the rim and off. Smith tapped it back up on the rim where it finally fell through the net as the horn sounded.
Hollis opened the scoring in the overtime period with his second three-pointer of the night before ECU rallied to tie the score on a pair of free throws by Young. Another jumper by Taylor gave the Colonials a 78-76 advantage with 1:55 left. Young converted a pair of free throws to knot the game at 78-78 with 1:04 showing. As the Colonials ran out the clock, the Pirates were forced to foul and Hollis began his parade to the line for six successful FTs to put the game away.
GW takes five-day break for the holidays before taking a two-game road swing through Massachusetts. GW faces Holy Cross (2-8) on Monday, Dec. 28 in a 7 p.m. game at Worcester, MA, followed two days later by a game at Harvard (7-2) in Cambridge, MA. The GW-HC game will be broadcast live on 1050 AM and as well as online at www.FederalNewsRadio.com.
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