Sophomore guard Jaelan Sanford . . .
Senior forward Tyler Cavanaugh led George Washington with a game-high 29 points and tied for the team lead with seven boards. Freshman forward Patrick Steeves was the only other Colonial to score in double digits with 17 points.
Toledo (17-17) shot 50.9 percent from the field, including an efficient 61.5 percent mark in the second half, and 30.0 percent (6-of-20) from three-point range. The Colonials (20-14) registered a 49.1 percent shooting mark and were 9-of-24 (37.5 %) from three-point range.
UT trailed the entire contest but kept chipping away after falling behind by a 24-13 margin with 8:44 remaining in the first half. The Rockets trailed 35-29 at halftime and saw the Colonials extend their lead to 50-40 just under six minutes into the second half.
Taylor’s layup with 7:08 remaining cut UT’s deficit to 61-58, but George Washington didn’t allow the Rockets to get any closer until the final minute. Sophomore forward Nate Navigato’s three free throws cut GWU’s lead to 71-69 with 15.1 seconds left after he was fouled on a three-point shot. Toledo then forced a turnover when the Colonials were whistled for a five-second call trying to inbounds the ball.
On the ensuing possession, Navigato drove into traffic but couldn’t a layup to fall. Cavanaugh then grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws to secure the win for the Colonials.
(Courtesy of UT Athletics)