Navy Loses To Gw, 81-69

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Niagara Tops Loyola,77-57, Despite Barney's 18

December 07, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Damian Hollis scored 18, Lasan Kromah had 16 and George Washington pulled away to an 81-69 victory over Navy on Sunday in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center in Washington.

The Colonials (6-1) were clinging to a 61-60 lead before Tim Johnson hit a pair of 3-pointers in a 14-0 run. That was enough to give George Washington its 15th win in 16 games against Navy since 1968.

Chris Harris scored 26 for the Midshipmen (4-5), who were out-rebounded 40-32 and committed 21 turnovers.

The game was tied at 43 before Kromah hit a 3-pointer and added a layup to spark a 12-2 run. The Colonials remained in control down the stretch.

Navy's tallest player, 6-foot-11 Mark Veazey, scored the game's first two baskets. But he was called for two quick fouls and spent the final 16 minutes of the first half on the bench.

The Midshipmen still managed to take a 22-15 lead, forcing GW into 6-for-20 shooting with five turnovers.

Niagara 77, Loyola 57: : The Purple Eagles (6-3, 2-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) used a 26-4 edge in fast-break points to roll past the Greyhounds (4-4, 0-2).

Loyola junior guard Jamal Barney (Southwestern) recorded his first double double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds in his first start of the season. Sophomore guard J'hared Hall added 10 points off the bench. The Greyhounds out-rebounded Niagara 43-36.

The Purple Eagles held Loyola's leading scorer, Brett Harvey, who entered averaging 15.1 points, to five points.

Niagara's Tyrone Lewis scored 21 points, and Bilal Benn had 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Purple Eagles were 13-for-30 (43.3 percent) from 3-point range.

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