WASHINGTON, D.C. – George Washington sophomore forward Dwayne Smith totaled 16 points and six rebounds, to lead the Colonials to a 58-57 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at the Charles E. Smith Center. The Crusaders were led by senior forward Josh Jones (Ocala, Fla.) and sophomore guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.), who both set new career highs by scoring 13 points. Holy Cross falls to 1-11 on the season with the loss, while the Colonials improve to 6-6 overall.
The score was close throughout a first half which featured seven ties and five lead changes. The largest lead for either team during the half came at the 11:52-mark, when the Colonials were up 12-7. Holy Cross then used an 8-3 spurt to tie the score at 15-15, and neither team would lead by more than three points for the rest of the half. George Washington was up 26-24 heading into the locker room.
The Crusaders opened the second half with a 13-6 run, to claim a five-point lead (37-32) with 14:11 left to play. The Colonials responded with a 14-3 spurt of their own to pull back in front, and would eventually lead by seven points (52-45) with 5:10 remaining in regulation. Holy Cross came right back to score eight of the next nine points, tying the score at 53-53 with 2:35 left to go on a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.).
A three-pointer by junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) tied the score again at 57-57, before George Washington's David Pellom made one-of-two free throws with 39.2 left to put the Colonials up 58-57. A three-pointer by senior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) was off the mark in the closing seconds, as George Washington held on for the win.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Jan. 2, when they travel to Sacred Heart for a 2:00 p.m. game.