Jan. 24, 2007
WASHINGTON -Despite a strong start and a lead it held most of the game, Saint Joseph's (11-8; 4-3 A-10) went cold from the field and committed key turnovers in the final minutes as George Washington (14-4; 5-1) rallied to win 74-65. It was the Colonials' 24th consecutive win at the Smith Center.
George Washington went on an 18-3 run in the final 6:56 while the Hawks were without a field goal during that span and committed four of their 20 turnovers.
The Hawks came out on fire and quieted the boisterous crowd, running up a 15-2 lead in the first four minutes, making their first six shots. Pat Calathes made all of his four shots in the half, helping the Hawks to a 20-6 lead at the 13:28 mark. GW whittled away at the deficit and trailed by 34-30 at halfitme.
The second half was close all the way through, with the teams tied seven times. On six of those occasions when GW would tie the game, Saint Joseph's would answer back with a big bucket by Calathes, Rob Ferguson or Ahmad Nivins.
After the seventh tie at 62-62, the Colonials took their first lead of the game on a layup by Maureece Rice at 3:20. GW went ahead by 68-63 and Calathes hit two free throws to pull the Hawks within 68-65 at 1:23, but Carl Elliott converted a putback to give GW a 70-65 lead at :52. Free throws by Elliott at :22 provided the final margin.
Calathes, who made six consecutive shots, finished with a career-high 21 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Ferguson added 14 and Nivins scored 12, with 10 in the second half.