Vinson, UMass Shoot Down George Washington, 86-75
Feb. 4, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Terrell Vinson scored a career-high 21 points and led a season-high shooting for UMass as the Minutemen basketball team defeated George Washington, 86-75, at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday night.
With four Minutemen from the D.C. area, it was Vinson, the Baltimore native who had the biggest impact on the Minutemen's play. He shot 8-for-11 and grabbed four boards to lead four players in double figures.
UMass (17-6, 6-3 Atlantic 10) also shot a season-best 55.4 percent in the game and connected on eight 3-pointers The squad also did a nice job taking care of the ball, committing just 11 turnovers - its fourth-lowest total this year.
GW (8-15, 3-6 A-10) was led by Tony Taylor's game-high 26 and five assists. The Colonials shot 43 pct. but saw their bench outscored by the Minutemen's 28-16.
UMass snapped a two-game losing streak to GW and has not lost consecutive games all season, moving to 6-0 following a loss.
UMass took its first lead seven minutes into the contest on a pair of baskets by Javorn Farrell. His 3-pointer with 12:21 left gave the Minutemen a 17-14 lead.
UMass parlayed some hot outside shooting into a 33-19 edge that included five baskets from outside. The run was capped by a Chaz Williams shot-clock beating ball from about 40 feet with 7:48.
GW responded with a 10-0 run which cut the UMass lead to 33-29 before the Minutemen went into the break with a 40-35 advantage.
The Minutemen came out of the intermission with a pair of fast-break dunks to set the tone for the period. The Colonials cut the deficit to four three minutes into the frame but UMass responded with four points to push the margin back to double digits at 51-41. The closest GW got the remainder of the game was six.
UMass finished with a season-high eight dunks for the second-straight game and netted 12 of its 15 second-half field goals on either layups or slams.
The Minutemen will return home from this two game road swing when they play host to St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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