Courtesy of SJUHawks.com
PHILADELPHIA – A pair of big second-half runs propelled George Washington (5-9; 1-0 A-10) to a 70-56 come-from-behind win over Saint Joseph’s in Atlantic 10 men’s basketball action at Hagan Arena. Terry Nolan, Jr., led four GW players in double figures with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
With the teams tied at 52-52 with 5:49 remaining, the Colonials scored 13 straight points, with four points from Mazzullo and Justin Williams, and closed out the game with a 16-4 run.
That mirrored a run at the start of the second half, which allowed GW to take its first lead of the contest. Trailing 32-25 at halftime, the Colonials opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the game, 37-34. SJU went scoreless for over four minutes and missed 10 straight shots before Brown scored on a putback at 14:38. The Colonials increased the run to 15-2 and took a 43-36 lead, with over 12 minutes to play.
SJU fought back with a three-pointer by Lamarr Kimble and basket by Bynum, pulling within 48-47 with under 10 to play. The teams were tied one more time, 50-50, before GW started its game-clinching run.
After starting the game shooting 40 percent from the field, the Hawks could only manage 25.7 percent (9-of-35) shooting in the second half to suffer their second straight loss. On the flip side, GW made 14-of-25 (56 percent) from the field in the second half, after going 9-of-32 (28 percent) in the first period.
The Hawks controlled the first half and opened the game with a 12-0 run, taking a 14-2 lead behind six points from Longpre’. Saint Joseph’s shot 56 percent from the field in the early going and Brown had 13 of the Hawks’ first 26 points as he was 5-of-6 from the floor, to give SJU a 26-14 lead.
Saint Joseph’s goes on the road for a pair, starting on Wednesday at St. Bonaventure, followed by Saturday at Duquesne.