Jan. 8, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Tony Taylor scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures as George Washington (9-6, 2-0) defeated Saint Joseph's, 78-71, in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. Carl Jones scored 23 points for the Hawks (5-10, 0-2) while freshman C.J. Aiken notched career-highs of 15 points and nine blocked shots in the loss.
Leading basically the entire game, GW held off a few Saint Joseph's comeback attempts in the second half.
Trailing 40-31, Saint Joseph's opened the second half with a 15-7 run, capped by a layup from Jones to pull the Hawks to within 50-46. GW continued to hold its lead even though Aiken connected on a three with 7:24 to cut the SJU deficit to 58-56. But GW's Dwayne Smith answered right back with a three-pointer and then a conventional three-point play to give GW a 63-56 edge with 5:48 to play.
The Hawks made one more run as Jones hit a pair of free throws and Galloway connected on a 3-pointer to close them to within 73-69. But only 32 seconds remained and George Washington would go on to convert 5-of-6 foul shots down the stretch to earn the victory.
In the first half, the teams went back and fourth until GW broke a 15-15 tie with a 7-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from Nemanja Mikic. The Colonials shot a sizzling 6-for-11 from three-point range, while SJU was just 2-for-9 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes.
"What you saw was unexpected. (Bryan) Bynes going 3-for-3 and Dwayne Smith hitting that three well off the line when it was a two-point game. Credit those kids for having the confidence," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "We had eight turnovers, we have to take that as a plus. Foul shooting is cause for concern and today it was rebounding. There were multiple rebounds that they got that we didn't get.
"I thought today we didn't do a very good job of ball containment and then getting our closeouts. You could say it was perimeter defense but I'll also say rebounding and the other night it was turnovers," said Martelli. "You got to fix problems as they come up and that's what we'll get back in the gym on Monday and try to do."
Smith scored 16 points for GW, Bryan Bynes had 13, David Pellom scored 11 and Joseph Katuka had 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The Colonials also held a decisive 46-33 edge on the boards.