Late Surge Propels George Washington Past Men's Basketball, 70-60

GO TERRIERS Senior D.J. Irving hit five 3-pointers to finish with a season-high 23 points.
Senior D.J. Irving hit five 3-pointers to finish with a season-high 23 points.

Dec. 11, 2013

Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite senior D.J. Irving leading all players with 23 points, the Boston University men's basketball team dropped a hard-fought 70-60 decision at George Washington on Wednesday night. With their fourth straight win, the Colonials improve to 9-1, while the Terriers fall to 6-4.

Irving went 9-of-17, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc, to move into 14th place all-time at BU with 1,163 career points. Senior Dom Morris recorded 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while sophomore Maurice Watson Jr. had 12 points and six assists.

Two rebounds shy of a double-double, Kethan Savage was held to 5-of-13 shooting but finished 11-of-15 at the charity stripe to lead GW with 22 points. Joe McDonald recorded 20 points and nine boards with three steals, while Maurice Creek had 10 points and eight rebounds. Kevin Larsen was the fourth Colonial in double figures with 11 points.

Trailing 41-32 after Irving drained a 3-pointer at 14:24 in the second half, GW went on an 18-3 run over the next seven minutes capped by Creek's jumper. Irving cut BU's deficit to three (50-47) on the following possession, but the Colonials scored six straight points to pull away for the win.

The Terriers shot an identical 11-of-28 (.393) in both halves of the game but had the 32-24 lead entering the locker room due to a 6-of-10 (.600) performance from behind the arc. After GW opened the contest with two free throws, Irving nailed a trey to erase BU's only deficit of the first half.

With 6:32 remaining, Irving broke a 16-16 deadlock with a jumper and was followed by Morris' second 3-pointer of the game. Sophomore John Papale hit his lone trey from the corner with five seconds left to give BU the 32-24 advantage



GW came out attacking in the second half with a 10-2 run behind two baskets and an assist by Savage. The Terriers responded with a 7-0 spurt off a jumper and 3-pointer by Irving to grab their largest lead of the game (41-32), but the Colonials' defense clamped down and held BU to only one field goal over the next seven minutes.

Savage tied the game for the fourth and final time at 9:46 with two free throws, and McDonald gave GW the lead for good on a free throw 30 seconds later. Creek continued the run with a 3-pointer and long jumper before Irving ended it with a trey of his own.

Both Irving and Watson cut nine-point deficits to six at 4:33 and 3:42, respectively, but Savage responded with a jumper and free throw followed by a true 3-pointer to prevent BU from mounting a rally.

Receiving votes in both national polls, the Colonials finished below 40 percent for the third time this season at 21-of-53 (.396). They went 22-of-31 (.710) at the line, including 19-of-25 (.760) in the second half, while BU only hit five free throws on eight attempts.

GW finished with a 39-32 advantage in rebounding and had seven blocks with seven steals to improve to 19-2 all-time in the series dating back to 1958-59. The Colonials converted 16 BU turnovers into 14 points while only allowing nine points off their 12 miscues.

The Terriers will return to action Sunday (Dec. 15) at 1 p.m. against defending MEAC regular season champion Norfolk State. The contest will mark the final game of the regular season at Case Gym for BU, who will host all conference games (nine total) at Agganis Arena for the first time in program history.

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