GW Outlast Manhattan 67-55 at the BB&T Classic
Lasan Kromah of the Colonials goes up for layup. GW defeated Manhattan 67-55 at BB&T Classic in the Verizon Center on Sunday, December 2, 2012. Eugene Huskey/DC Sports BoxWASHINGTON, D.C. - A career-high 23 points from guard Isaiah Armwood propelled the George Washington University men’s basketball team to a 67-55 win Sunday at the BB&T Classic.
An 11-3 run from the Colonials to start the second half broke the tie, and gave the Colonials some breathing room to pull away for the win. The Jaspers from Manhattan struggled all half as George Washington played smothering defense, holding the Jaspers to 25 percent shooting in the half.
George Washington also crashed the boards hard, outrebounding the Jaspers 41-17. The advantage was the Colonials largest rebounding advantage of the year.
The Colonials needed all the rebounding they could get, as the Jaspers full-court man-to-man defense forced 23 Colonials turnovers. George Washington was also out scored off the bench, as the Jaspers posted 23 bench points to George Washington’s eight.
After heading into the break tied at 32, the Colonials knew they needed to pick up the intensity in the second half.
“We just went into the locker room, and we tried to focus on executing and really playing with intensity like we normally do,” said Lasan Kromah, who scored a season-high 18 points for the Colonials. “We came back in the second half, got our composure and tried to make a run.
The Jaspers had a lot of opportunities to win the game, but failed to capitalize on a lot of chances in close. “I want to give [the Colonials] a lot of credit because I think they did a terrific job,” Manhattan Coach Steve Masiello said. “But I also thought we missed seven layups kind of at point-blank range around the rim. Now is that their defense, or is that us? I think it’s a combination. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth.”
To head coach Mike Lonergan’s pleasure, after a poor free throw shooting performance against Mount St. Mary’s earlier this year, George Washington made 24 of their 29 free throw attempts Sunday. “Tonight we were great from the line,” Lonergan said. “Isaiah was making a lot of them to finish the game. Twenty-four of 29, I mean free throws are so huge. Like all areas of the game, we’ve just got to keep getting more consistent.”
The Colonials finished with a plus-12 advantage in free throw shooting, which was also the difference in the final score, making free throws one of the biggest differences in the game.
The Colonials snap a two-game losing streak at the BB&T Classic with the win Sunday. George Washington advanced to 4-3 with the victory and will travel to Illinois to take on the Bradley Braves.