Boys basketball: GW drops Capital in overtime
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington guard Alex Lewis was in a familiar position making an unfamiliar decision that created a much-needed result for the Patriots against visiting Capital on Tuesday night.
The sophomore hit the second of his three 3-pointers to open overtime and added another off a Cameron Hoston pass late in OT to give GW the lead for good in a 78-73 victory against Capital (7-12).
Lewis said the result might have been different if he caught that pass in the same situation against Capital on Dec. 12, when the Cougars claimed a 36-35 verdict.
"I probably wouldn't have shot it ... I probably wouldn't have shot it," Lewis said. "We were really all just afraid of making mistakes and if we make a mistake, coming out and nobody wanted to come out.
"Coach told us to start trusting each other and play with more confidence, so that's what we started doing."
What a difference 55 days make, especially when the Patriots lost two of their first three games, leaned heavily on senior guard Luke Eddy, and were finding hit-or-miss, minimal contributions elsewhere.
Eddy finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and seven steals, but it was the assistance he received in many forms that gave the Patriots (12-4) their 11th victory in the last 13 games and puts them on track to compete in the Mountain State Athletic Conference Night of Champions.
Lewis didn't miss on his three 3-point attempts, and added three steals. Junior Chris Kay came off the bench to score 10 points, which included eight in the first half. Hoston had 10 points and senior Austin Breeden added eight points and eight rebounds.
The Patriots needed it against Capital junior Carrington Morris and the shot-blocking prowess of the Cougars. Morris had 29 points, 17 rebounds and three steals and Capital blocked 12 shots, led by Coleman's five.
As for Morris, he helped Capital rebound from a 45-34 deficit with 6 minutes left in the third quarter and had 19 of his points and 12 of his rebounds after halftime.
His free throw and basket sandwiched an Austin Coleman score to tie the game at 56. There were three more ties, including two in overtime.
"I think Capital played really well, Carrington is Carrington, he's extremely good," George Washington Coach Rick Greene said. "I thought we might take control, but we'd shoot ourselves while Capital kept playing. All those times I thought we didn't make the plays to put them away."
Eddy was responsible for that deed, finishing an 11-of-13 performance from the foul line with four free throws in the final 12 seconds to secure the victory.
Jordan Kinney had 18 points and Coleman added 13 for Capital.
The story, however, is the contributions Greene is getting from a team he said some observers weren't sure would win five games.
"I thought we'd be over .500. But, to say 12-4 and have a chance to play in the Night of Champions," Greene said. "We have a really good chance to finish second in the division. At this time of the year for this group to even be talking about playing in the Night of Champions and only have one divisional loss ..."
Capital is back in action on Thursday when it hosts Princeton. The Patriots are off until Friday when they visit Nitro.
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