Gipson and Samuels Snap Colonials’ Streak at Kansas State
The Colonials’ three-game winning streak came to an end Thursday night as they fell to the Kansas State Wildcats (4-0), 69-56 in Manhattan, KS. With the loss George Washington is now 0-2 against opponents from BCS conferences.
The Colonials (4-2) started strong in the first half getting off to an early 19-17 lead with help from a trio of three-pointers by sophomore forward Nemanja Mikic. Despite starting off the game with nine points in the first eight minutes, he would be held scoreless for the rest of the game. After a back and forth first half, the Colonial entered halftime only down three points, 32-29.
A dominant start to the second half, including a 15-1 run by the Wildcats, fueled by several second chance opportunities, got them out to a 19-point lead, 63-44. Kansas State guard Will Spradling led the run putting up nine straight points. In a heated moment in the second half, during the Wildcats 15-1 run, Coach Mike Lonergan was issued a technical foul for arguing a questionable charging foul called against Kromah. The Colonials would continue to play aggressively despite the deficit and would cut the lead to 14 points by the end of the game.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was freshman forward Thomas Gipson, who put up a double-double with 17 points and 13 assists. DC product senior forward Jamar Samuels also put up a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Spradling netted 14 points and forward Jordan Henriquez would grab 11 boards off the bench.
For the Colonials, senior guard Tony Taylor was able to rebound from a cold start to finish with 14 points and four assists. Junior guards Bryan Bynes and Lasan Kromah scored nine points each and graduate forward Jabari Edwards grabbed eight rebounds (including five on the offensive, end) and blocked five shots.
George Washington will try to bounce back on Sunday against the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University at the Verizon Center in the BB&T Classic. If you can not make it to the game, tune into WRGW’s coverage beginning at 2 o’clock with tip-off at 2:15. Jeff Pawling and Doug Brem will be on the call.