Taylor Scores 1,000th Point As Colonials Rout Titans
Senior guard Tony Taylor recorded his 1,000 point as a Colonial in GWU’s 86-73 win over the University of Detroit Mercy Titans Monday at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center, improving Mike Lonergan’s record with GW to 2-1.
Taylor’s milestone came on a jump-shot after an assist from senior guard Aaron Ware with less than five minutes left in the game. He notched 22 points for the Colonials and recorded a 3:2 assist-to-turnover ratio. It was his third performance scoring more than 20-points, after scoring 20 in last Sunday’s 81-54 loss against 24th ranked California.
Junior guard Lasan Kromah posted 17 points after a scoreless game last Sunday against the California Golden Bears. It was a strong return to form for Kromah, who was only averaging 2.5 points per game through GW’s first two games. He contributed to a 20-5 run that secured a 45-28 lead at halftime. His performance slowed in the second half when the Titan’s defense put pressure on the Colonials. Kromah’s only second half points came from a 3-pointer.
GW’s motion offense both opened up the lane for lay-ups from graduate student Jabari Edwards and allowed the Colonials’ outside game to notch 5 three-point field goals before the intermission. Edwards was a force in the paint on both sides of the court the entire night, tying his season-high eight points while posting eight blocks. He was an integral component in limiting Detroit’s senior center Nick Minnerath to a team-high 18 points.
The Colonials presence in the paint was much improved after a week off. GW out-rebounded the Titans 38-34, after struggling under the hoop in their first two games.
A more aggressive Titan squad took the court in the second half, applying full court pressure immediately. The Colonials were shaken at first, allowing two Detroit layups on mid-court turnovers. Sophomore guard Ray McCallum Jr., son of Detroit head coach Ray McCallum powered his offense to a six point deficit with a score of 77-71, with 3:06 remaining. Taylor slowed down his team’s offense and condensed the half court game to mitigate the pressure.
An aggressive layup from sophomore guard Nemanja Mikic put an end to the Detroit run and steadied the Colonials. Mikic scored eight points for the night.
The Colonials welcomed back Dwayne Smith who sat out the first three games due to concussion symptoms. Smith only contributed seven minutes of scoreless play scattered throughout both halves.
George Washington will face the Austin Peay State University Governors at 5 pm on Tuesday night at the Stroh Center. Jeff Pawling and Haley Milon will have the call.