Colonials Edge Austin Peay
With less than 20 seconds left in the game, only one entity stood between the CBE Classic subregional game between the George Washington Colonials and the Austin Peay Governors heading to overtime – senior guard Tony Taylor.
Taylor’s steal during an Austin Peay fast-break spearheaded by Anthony Campbell prevented the game-tying layup, leading to the Colonials’ 54-52 hard-fought win over the over the Austin Peay State Governors. The thriller on Tuesday boosted their record to 3-1.
The score remained close for the entire game with seven lead changes and six ties. A transition layup by Taylor, who finished with 11 points, coupled with a free-throw made the score 47-42 with 7:17 left in the second half. GW held no less than a two-possesion lead until Governors guard Josh Terry scored on a layup to bring the game to 54-52 with under two minutes to go.
Senior swingman Aaron Ware led the team with a team high 12 points off the bench. Sophomore forward Nemanja Mikic netted nine points with his three three-pointers, and graduate student Jabari Edwards matched his career high of eight points, pulled down six rebounds and had one block.
Junior guard Bryan Bynes chipped in five points and led the Colonials with seven rebounds, helping GW out rebound the Governors 40-34.
The Colonials’ sloppy ball-handling led 16 turnovers and gave the Governors nine steals. Under the pressure of Austin Peay’s man-on-man coverage, they shot 28% in the first half. But emphasis on scoring in the paint nearly doubled their field goal percentage, improving it to 39% by game’s end.
The Colonials look to complete a three game sweep in the CBE Classic Bowling Green Subregional with a win against the host Falcons on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Jeff Pawling and Haley Milon have the call.
Programming Note: Due to programming conflicts with the women’s game against Auburn, the game will be streaming live exclusively from the blog.