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George Washington overtakes BU in closing moments of 68-64 win

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Visiting George Washington (6-4) took their first lead of the second half with just 4:25 remaining, and defeated Binghamton 68-64 Monday night at West Gym. The Bearcats (4-5) led by 10 at the half, and maintained a lead for nearly 34 minutes of the game before the Colonials rallied.

George Washington benefited from 31 free throws, including 25 in the second half. The teams were whistled for a combined 52 fouls, with the host Bearcats called for 32. Three BU players fouled out in the contest.

Binghamton shot 54% in the opening stanza and built a 32-22 lead. Senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the first half, and BU held GW to seven field goals. The second half was a different story, however, as the Colonials took the ball to the basket and wound up converting 25-of-32 free throws (78%). Freshman center Pops Mensah-Bonsu hit 10-of-12 from the line, and senior guard Chris Monroe converted 12-of-16. The pair wound up with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Trailing 55-51 with 5:38 to play, George Washington went on an 11-0 run, holding BU scoreless for 4:13 while extending a 62-55 lead. The Colonials then made six free throws in the final 1:03 to seal the win. Leading 67-64 with 19 seconds remaining, GW missed a pair of free throws, but grabbed the offensive rebound and sank the final foul shot with 11 seconds left.

Binghamton had four players in double figures, led by Green. Sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) added 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, and junior forward Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan.) chipped in 11 points before fouling out with 6:11 remaining.

The Bearcats will travel to Manchester, N.H. for the America East opener Thursday at New Hampshire.

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