Amherst, MA (Sports Network) - Joe McDonald scored 16 points and dished out 10
assists, as the George Washington Colonials earned a 79-76 win over the
Massachusetts Minutemen in an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup at the Mullins
Reserves Dwayne Smith and Lasan Kromah scored 15 and 14 points, respectively,
while Patricio Garino finished with 12 points and four steals for the
Colonials (8-9, 2-2 A-10).
Chaz Williams tallied a team-high 18 points and six assists for the Minutemen
(12-5, 2-2), who entered the game with wins in nine of their previous 10
outings. Cady Lalanne was next in line with 15 points, followed by Raphiael
Putney with 14, and Freddie Riley with 12.
GW took its first lead on a layup by John Kopriva at the 9:13 mark of the
opening frame. Leading 33-31 with just under three minutes to play until
halftime, the Colonials put together a 7-0 spurt and took a 40-33 lead into
The Colonials opened the second stanza with a 12-3 run to go up by 16 with
less than 15 minutes remaining. UMass rallied to cut the deficit to 61-58 with
6:20 remaining, and it was a one-point game with 14 seconds to play. However,
GW went 4-of-4 at the foul line in the waning moments, and Smith sealed the
outcome with a steal on the Minutemen's final possession.
GW shot 49.1 percent as a team and held a key 35-20 advantage in bench points
for the game.
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