WASHINGTON (AP) — Tony Taylor scored 19 points, Dwayne Smith had 13 and George Washington held Saint Louis University without a field goal for 13:04 in the second half in a 52-46 victory on Saturday.
George Washington (11-10, 4-3 Atlantic 10) broke a four-game losing streak — its longest since an 11-game skid — during the 2008-09 season — by outscoring Saint Louis (7-13, 2-5) 14-1 as they took a 47-39 lead with 3:32 to play. The 46 points allowed by the Colonials were the fewest this season.
Mike McCall and Kyle Cassity led the Billikens, who have lost eight of ten, with 10. Saint Louis missed 15 of its 21 shots in the second half.
The Billikens took the lead on McCall’s 3-pointer with 16:19 left in the first half, and led for nearly the entire game. Smith’s two free throws with 7:18 to play gave George Washington its first lead — 40-38 — since the game’s first minute.
Taylor scored seven points and Nemanja Mikic had a 3-pointer in the 14-1 run.
After Cassity scored on a layup with 14:22 to play, Saint Louis led 38-33, and it wasn’t until just 1:15 remained that they had another field goal — McCall’s 3-pointer to make it 49-44.
Taylor’s two free throws with 50.3 seconds made it 51-44.
The Billikens held the Colonials scoreless for 4:07 in the first half and had a nine-point lead — their biggest — on Cassity’s 3-pointer with 10:06 to play in the half. Saint Louis led 29-25 at halftime.
Saint Louis doesn’t have a player averaging double figures and just two players have scored 20 points in a game. The Smith Center doesn’t conjure up warm memories for the Billikens. On Jan. 10, 2008, they set a modern-day NCAA record by scoring just 20 points in a loss to the Colonials.
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