GW tops Rhode Island for A-10 crown
Atlantic City, NJ (Sports Network) – Carl Elliott poured in 17 points and
cleared six boards, and George Washington beat Rhode Island, 78-69, to capture
the Atlantic-10 Tournament Championship at Boardwalk Hall.
Dokun Akingbade scored 15 points and had nine rebounds for the third-seeded
Colonials (23-8), who earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Maureece
Rice added 12 points and Regis Koundjia finished with 11 for George
Will Daniels scored a game-high 29 points — 17 in the second half — for the
fourth-seeded Rams (19-14), who entered the game having won two straight after
dropping the last three games of their regular season schedule. Jimmy Baron
was the only other player in double figures, finishing with 10 points for
George Washington took an early 12-3 lead, capped by an Akingbade layup at
17:32. The Rams battled back, however, closing to 14-13 on Kahiem Seawright’s
shot off the glass at 14:41.
The teams traded buckets over the next eight minutes, until the Colonials ran
off a 12-0 spurt to claim a 40-31 margin with 3:57 remaining in the half.
Elliott ignited the run with a pair of buckets – a jumper and layup – and
Koundjia capped the rally with a short jumper.
The Rams trailed 44-36 at intermission.
Daniels came out firing in the second half, as he sandwiched an Elliott jumper
with a pair of three-point shots to pull Rhode Island within four, 46-42, at
The Colonials continued their hot shooting from three-point range, however, as
treys by Rice and Travis King on consecutive possessions gave GW a 57-46
A jump shot by Keith Cothran trimmed the George Washington lead to four,
66-62, with just 2:57 remaining, but Akingbade quickly answered with a layup
put the Colonials back on top by six.
Rhode Island didn’t get any closer the rest of the way, and trailed by nine
with just 43 seconds remaining in the contest.
GW captured its second A-10 Tournament championship in three years…The
Colonials are on an eight-game winning streak, their longest this season…GW
leads the all-time series with URI, 25-21. The Colonials have captured the
last six and eight of the last 10 meetings between the teams…URI was playing
in the Championship game for the first time since 1999, when it captured its
first and only A-10 tourney title, defeating Temple, 62-59.