GW Upsets No. 17 Temple in Overtime for Second in A-10
Joe McKeown Earned His 450th Career Victory as the Colonials (19-7, 12-3) Led by Sarah-Jo Lawrence's 21 Points Came Back From a 15-Point Deficit
Feb. 24, 2006
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Colonials (19-7, 12-3) had their biggest comeback of the season to upset No. 17 Temple (20-7, 11-4) in overtime, 55-50. It was Joe McKeown's 450th career victory in his hometown of Philadelphia. GW trailed by as many as 15 before Sarah-Jo Lawrence, who tied a career-high with 21, scored 12 points in the second half and five points in overtime. The victory means the Colonials will finish no worse than second in the Atlantic 10 and have a chance to take the regular season title from Charlotte with a win, when they meet for the first time on Sunday at Smith Center at 2:00 p.m. for senior day.
In overtime Jazmine Adair got the opening tip and scored on a put back on GW's first possession to go up 47-45. Twin-sister Jessica Adair had a put back of her own on the offensive end to put the Colonials up by four points. Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored her first of five overtime points with 1:44 left to give GW a 6-0 run to start the extra frame. After senior Candice Dupree scored Temple's only overtime field goal, Lawrence put the game out of reach with a jumper to make it 53-47 with 50 seconds left. Temple got two foul shots from Kamesha Hairston with 38.5 seconds left but Kimberly Beck, who finished with 10 points, made the front end of a one-and-one with 12.6 seconds left. In fitting fashion, Lawrence scored the last point of the game with 2.3 seconds left on a foul shot to equal her career-high 21-point production.
This was GW's first overtime game of the season and first win, in seven tries, after coming back from a deficit with five minutes left. GW went down by 15 points with 1:19 left in the game, 25-12. It was Joe McKeown's 450th career victory in his home town of Philadelphia.
The Colonials had never come back from a deficit with five minutes left in six previous tries this season. GW cut the lead to one point, 40-39, when Beck made both foul shots after getting fouled at mid-court on a loose ball with 4:19 left in the game. Beck then put the Colonials ahead 41-40 with a jumper from the left elbow. Lady Comfort put back on offensive rebound after an airball to put the Owls back in front by one with 2:33 left to play. Lawrence made a short jumper to make it 44-43 with 1:15 left.
The Colonials came out of the locker room hot scoring as many points in the first seven minutes as they had the whole first half. GW cut the lead to three points before Dupree scored again at the 12-minute mark. Corinne Turner's first points of the game made the score 36-32 but the Colonials missed layups on their next two possessions.
In the first half the Colonials shot only 21 percent and scored a season-low 14 points in the half. Jazmine Adair had six rebounds for GW but the Colonials lost the first half battle of the boards by a 24-16 margin.
Candice Dupree scored eight consecutive points as part of a 12-0 Owls run. The Colonials were held scoreless for almost nine minutes before Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored with 5:39 left in the first half. When the teams met earlier this season, it was Temple who was kept from scoring with only two points over a 14-minute span in the first half.
The Colonials will finish no worse than second place in the Atlantic 10 and have a chance to take first place from Charlotte when they meet at 2:00 p.m. at Smith Center on Sunday for Senior Day. The Colonials have already secured a bye in the first round of the A-10 Tournament and will begin play on Saturday, March 4 at Saint Joseph's, the host of this year's conference tournament.