CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington standout Luke Eddy thought he had turned into a bricklayer instead of a basketball player on Tuesday night.
Eddy kept shooting and missing to the tune of 22 failed attempts, most coming from point-blank range. When the Patriot senior decided to try from the outside, things got even worse, including misses on his first nine 3-point attempts.
However, with the game on the line, Eddy showed exactly why he is a Player of the Year candidate, draining what proved to be the game-winning 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining in game.
Eddy's late game heroics and game-high 29 points helped GW (10-3) escape with a thrilling 60-57 home victory over Riverside (6-10) in boys high school basketball action.
"I couldn't make anything," Eddy said. "I was missing layups and 3s. I pretty much build a house with all my bricks out there. Finally, I was able to make a big shot. It was the only three I made the whole night. I'm just happy it went in and we won it."
GW led 55-50, but Riverside's Tamar Lawson hit a 3-pointer and Marcus Reed's driving layup with 1:30 left tied the score.
After a Patriot timeout, Eddy stepped behind a screen and calmly drilled the contested 3 from the top of the key, giving GW a three-point lead, one it wouldn't relinquish.
Despite seeing his standout player suffer through a 12-for-34 shooting night, including 1-of-10 from 3-point range, it was never any doubt from GW Coach Rick Greene who was getting the ball for his Patriots.
"He could go 0-for-something, but if the clock is ticking down, I'm fine with him shooting," Greene said. "Everybody on this team and in this locker room has total trust in him. We are glad he is taking it. I'll live and die by it.
Greene indicated Eddy never loses his confidence.