Late Run Lifts GW Over UMass, 59-51
Feb. 13, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - After trailing by six with 5:27 remaining, George Washington outscored UMass, 18-4 the rest of the way to defeat the Minutemen, 59-51, on Sunday afternoon in the Leaman Legacy Game at the Mullins Center. UMass falls to 13-10 overall and 5-5 in Atlantic 10 play, while the Colonials improve to 13-12 overall and 6-5 in the A-10.
UMass used a 13-6 scoring advantage over a nine-minute span in the middle of the second half to take a 47-41 lead with 5:27 left, but was then held scoreless for 5:06 as GW went on a 17-0 run to make it 58-47 in the final minute. UMass' only points in the final 5:27 came on four Gary Correia free throws with 21 seconds left after a foul and technical foul on GW's Jabari Edwards.
Correia led UMass with a season-high 15 points. Sean Carter had his second-straight game with double-figure rebounds with 11. GW was led by 20 points from Nemanja Mikic, including 6-of-14 from 3-point range. Dwayne Smith added 14 points and Tony Taylor had 10.
For the game, UMass shot 30.4 percent from the field, while GW shot 35.3 percent. UMass turned the ball over 19 times to GW's nine.
GW took its first lead since 2-0 with 13:43 left, 35-34, but UMass responded by outscoring the Colonials 13-6 over the next nine minutes to take a 47-41 lead before GW went on its run.
After slow starts by both offenses, scoring picked up over the last nine minutes of the first half as the Minutemen took a 24-18 lead into the half. The Minutemen shot 35 percent in the half and were paced by eight points from Correia, including 2-of-2 shooting from 3-point range. The Colonials shot just 25 percent with six points from Nemanja Mikic leading the way.
It was the first time UMass held an opponent under 20 points in a half since Dayton scored 18 in the first half on Jan. 9, but the last time previous to that was against Dayton as well, on Feb. 25, 2006, the day Jack Leaman Court was dedicated.
After the teams were a combined 3-for-26 shooting over the first 11 minutes of the game with five turnovers each and the Minutemen clinging to a 7-4 lead, the UMass outside shooting warmed up. Raphiael Putney, Correia, and Matt Hill drained 3-pointers as part of an 11-0 run that gave the Minutemen a 16-4 lead with 6:46 left in the half.
The Minutemen started the game with a Sean Carter dunk, but missed their next 11 attempts, while the Colonials started 1-of-9 from the field. Carter carried UMass through the slow start, scoring five of the team's first seven points and grabbing five rebounds in the game's first 11 minutes.
The Minutemen return to action on Wednesday when they host Duquesne in a 7 p.m. game at the Mullins Center. The Dukes are currently 8-1 in A-10 play and tied with Xavier for first place.
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