"Hats off to them. They're very good,” Ohio head coach Saul Phillips said. “I truly believe they have a chance to win this tournament. I think they're good enough. I knew they were a good team coming in, but that doesn't make it OK that we missed out on doing some things that we've got to do better."
Taylor was the only OU player in double figures as the ‘Cats connected on 21-of-56 (37.5%) from the field and 6-of-21 (28.6%) from distance. They made 1-of-3 free throws.
George Washington put four in double figures, led by Kevin Larsen’s 19 and 18 from Kethan Savage. Patrcio Garino added 15 and John Kopriva 10.
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George Washington netted five more points before the teams played the last two minutes without a score, and the Colonials carried a 43-34 lead to the locker room.
There was 16:37 left by the time Ohio hit its second shot of the final stanza. Before Mike Laster’s layup, GW owned a 49-36 lead. Ohio made five baskets the rest of the way and the Colonials pulled way.
George Washington made 30-of-63 (47.6%) from the field 5-of-16 threes (31.3%). They converted 12-of-18 (66.7%) at the line.
The Colonials outscored the Bobcats by a 34-15 count over the final 20 minutes of play and finished the contest with advantages in points in the paint (46-22), points off turnovers (21-10), second-chance points (19-7) and fast break points (10-2).
Ohio returns to action Tuesday in a consolation game scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET. It will be shown on ESPN.