Trojans nipped by GWU

Published 12:08 am Wednesday, December 17, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC — Troy came up short in their upset bid of George Washington, falling 63-61 on the road at the Charles E. Smith Arena.

Kylie Morrissy paced the Trojan effort with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 shooting from the free throw line. Sarah McAppion came off the bench to add 12, while Alyce Shearing added 11 points and six rebounds.

Tara Booker led GW (5-3) with 18 points, while Jessica Adair added 15 off the bench and her twin sister Jazmine Adair 10 in the Colonials victory.

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“I am really proud of the way we played tonight,” Troy coach Michael Murphy said. “This was a terrific team that we played tonight. You look up at the banners hanging from the roof here, and you realize that they are the standard-bearer for the Atlantic-10 for years.”

Troy (3-5) and GW were locked in a battle with three minutes to play in the contest, after McAppion drove to the basket with 3:16 remaining to trim the Colonials’ lead to 57-55.

Morrissy connected on a 12-foot baseline jumper to tie the game at 57-all. The Trojans took their first lead with 2:03 remaining when McAppion took a pass from Donette McNair, after a McNair steal, for a 59-57 lead.

GW tied the game at 59-all on a lay-up from Jessica Adair, before Morrissy connected on a pair of free throws to take a 61-59 lead with 46.7 seconds remaining.

After GW’s Jessica Adair tied the game at 61-all with just 36 seconds remaining, the Trojans turned the ball over with just 14.4 seconds remaining, forcing a timeout.

After the timeout, Larelle Roper fouled Rivera who connected on both free throws with 11.2 seconds remaining to give the Colonials a two-point lead at 63-61. The Trojans had a chance, but the size inside of GW paid off in the final seconds, preserving the victory for the home team.