Colonials Defeat Navy At BB&T Classic 81-69
Midshipmens' O.J. Avworo goes up the basket and was fouled by Colonials' Hermann Opoku during George Washington's 81-69 win over Navy at the 15th annual BBT Classic in the Verizon Center in Washington, DC on December 6, 2009. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With George Washington and Navy coming off of wins, both teams were eager to impress on the bigger stage of the Verizon Center. However, it was the Colonials who were able to keep focus in front of the growing crowd of the BB&T Classic.
Midshipmen's Chris Harris hoped to sink the Colonials with his game-high 26 points, but it was a concerted GW effort that decided the outcome. Colonials Senior Damian Hollis led GW with 18 points while Freshman Lasan Kromah followed suit with 16 points. In addition, George Washington's bench outscored Navy's 25-13.
The Colonial victory could also be attributed to easy buckets that Navy allowed. George Washington had 20 more points in the paint than Navy and eight more points off turnovers. GW found these opportunities by applying a high energy defense and pushing the ball in transition. Five minutes before the half, Kromah gave his team the lead by stealing the ball and pushing it upcourt for a fast break layup. Minutes into the second half, Kromah repeated the same play.
Both teams kept the scoreboard tight for the majority of the game. GW led by only two points at the half despite shooting 38 percent. With only 9:16 left in the game, a Chris Harris layup brought the Midshipment within only one point. What followed was a 14-0 Colonial run that left little time for Navy to make a final strike. Navy Coach Billy Lange said this about GW, "It is hard to have moments and lapses where you don't play well on both ends against a great opponent like that." The waning minutes had GW holding the ball and waiting for the shot clock buzzer.
The annual BB&T Classic benefits The Children’s Charities Foundation of Washington D.C. Head Coach Karl Hobbs spoke about GW's involvement in the event, "This event is very significant for us in terms of the amount of money raised for children. It's in line with our university's mission overall, and we're honored to be a part of it. "
George Washington hosts Providence on December 9 at the Smith Center; then heads out for a long road trip. Navy continues a road trip of their own on December 9 against Maryland-Eastern Shore.