La Salle can't solve struggling George Washington

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La Salle can't solve struggling George Washington

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WASHINGTON -- Yuta Watanabe hit from distance, threw down dunks and scored a career-high 29 points as George Washington upended La Salle 80-69 Wednesday night, ending a four-game slide.

Patrick Steeves and Arnoldo Toro scored 15 points each for George Washington, which led for all but two minutes. Watanabe shot 11 of 20 from the floor, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. He added eight rebounds.

The Colonials (10-14, 3-8 Atlantic 10) led 39-33 at the half. La Salle (10-14, 4-7) couldn't catch up with 38-percent shooting and 17 turnovers and fell to 2-12 away from home.

Pookie Powell and Saul Phiri scored 16 points each for La Salle, B. J. Johnson added 14. The trio was a combined 17 of 38. Freshman Miles Brookins added 11 points.

The Colonials hadn't won a game since mid-January while La Salle had won two of its last three.

St. Joe's trails from start to finish against George Washington

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St. Joe's trails from start to finish against George Washington

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WASHINGTON — Yuta Watanabe scored 18 points and Arnaldo Toro grabbed 12 rebounds and scored 10 points and George Washington held off Saint Joseph's 70-64 on Saturday in an Atlantic 10 opener.

James Demery made a pair of layups early in the second half to bring the Hawks within 32-27 before George Washington (8-6) went on a 15-2 run and lead by 18 with 13:55 to play.

Shavar Newkirk made four of Saint Joseph's five free throws in less than a minute to reduce the deficit to 66-60 with 1:22 left but the Hawks missed 4 of 5 from the field down the stretch.

Watanabe started George Washington's scoring with a jump shot and a 3, Jair Bolden followed with back-to-back 3s and the Colonials led 11-5 and never trailed during the contest.

Watanabe added another jumper and a 3 for a 22-10 lead before Saint Joseph's used an 8-2 run to close within 24-18 on Chris Clover's jump shot. But Terry Nolan Jr. responded with a back to 3s and pushed the lead to 12.

Demery led Saint Joseph's (5-7) with 24 points.

Temple's late comeback effort falls short against George Washington

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Temple's late comeback effort falls short against George Washington

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WASHINGTON — Yuta Watanabe and Jair Bolden scored 17 points each, fellow starters Patrick Steeves and Arnaldo Toro combined for 20 more and George Washington fended off a late-charging Temple in a 70-67 upset Sunday.

The Colonials (4-4) shot 68 percent in the first half, making six of their first seven 3-point shots, to grab an unlikely 40-25 lead on the Owls by halftime. Temple (4-2), which had been off to its best start since the 2012-13 season, scratched away at the deficit after the break, including a late 10-0 run to pull within 57-56 and tied the game twice before George Washington edged away.

Bolden scored five of the Colonials last six points and Temple, despite two potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final 13 seconds, scored only three points in the last 4:10.

The Colonials' starting five combined for 22-for-40 shooting with eight of the team's nine treys.

Quinton Rose scored 20 points to be Temple's top scorer for the third-straight game, and Shizz Alston, Jr. added 18, going 4 for 5 on 3-pointers.