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GW makes clutch 3-pointers to top Ohio in double OT

Hunter, Mitchell combine for 48 points in loss

NASSAU, Bahamas – George Washington had three players score 22 points or more, and they all had clutch shots to help the Revolutionaries take a 99-94 victory against Ohio in the opening round of the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship on Friday night at the Baha Mar Convention, Arts & Entertainment Center.

James Bishop IV led the way with 28 points, Darren Buchanan Jr. scored 25 points, and Maximus Edwards finished with 22 points, including a pair of big 3-pointers in the second overtime for George Washington (5-0).

Ohio (2-2) got 25 points from Jaylin Hunter and a career-high 23 points from Shareef Mitchell. AJ Brown and AJ Clayton finished with 13 points each.

The Revolutionaries built a 10-point halftime lead and then rallied from a four-point deficit with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. They also erased a four-point hole in the first overtime before building a lead the Bobcats could not overcome in the final period.

George Washington took the lead for good with Edward beginning the second overitme with a 3-pointer. A short time later, Edwards added another shot from long range that made it 90-83.

Garrett Johnson’s 3-pointer with 1:26 left pushed the Revolutionaries’ lead back up to seven at 93-86. The Bobcats got back in it with two free throws each from Mitchell and Hunter, but Edwards was ruled after a long review to have beat the shot clock buzzer with another big 3-pointer to make it a 96-90 game with 31 seconds to play.

Mitchell scored on a putback layup, and Ohio forced a turnover but gave it back to George Washington with one of its own with 14 seconds to play, and the Colonials finally put the game away.

The Bobcats seemed to be in good shape to hand George Washington its first loss at the end of both regulation and the first overtime. They led 74-70 on a Brown jumper with 2:13 left in the second half and had a chance to add to the lead before Edwards and then Garrett Johnson each hit a pair of free throws to tie it with 1:11 to play. Both teams failed to capitalize on four combined possessions after that.

Mitchell gave Ohio an 80-76 lead with a 3-pointer in the first overtime. Bishop hit a clutch jumper, Buchanan split two free throws, and then a Bishop layup with 1:51 to go gave George Washington its first lead since more than six minutes were left in regulation.

Clayton put back a Hunter miss from 3-point range, moving the Bobcats back in front, but a Buchanan dunk with 38 seconds left made it 83-82 in favor of the Revolutionaries with 38 seconds to play. Hunter split two free throws with 20 seconds left, and Clayton blocked a late attempt by Bishop to win it.

Geroge Washington closed out the first half strong to take a lead. Ohio led 26-23 on a Hunter layup but gave up the next 11 points to fall behind by eight. Edwards hit a 3-pointer that made it a 10-point game and closed out the half with a layup to put it back at that margin, 44-34.

The Bobcats trailed 59-50 midway through the second half when they had their best stretch of the night to take the lead. They tied the game at 67 on a Mitchell 3-pointer with 6:01 to play and took the lead two minutes later on a Hunter trey. Mitchell added a free throw on the next possession to put Ohio ahead by four and went back up by the same amount on Brown’s jumper.

George Washington shot it better from every range, finishing at 47.1% from the field overall to Ohio’s 44.3%, which included a 41.4%-27.3% advantage on 3-pointers. The Revolutionaries also were 21 of 27 (77.8%) on free throws, compared to just 15 of 25 (60%) by the Bobcats. Ohio got more opportunities by getting more offensive reobunds, 12-7, and having fewer turnovers, 21-18.

Clayton had 12 rebouds to record a double-double. Hunter had six rebounds and five assists but was just 1-of-9 on 3-pointers and now is 5-of-27 on the season after shooting 40.8% from long range last year.

Edwards had a game-high 13 rebounds, while Johnson finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for George Washington. Bishop added five assists.

With the loss, the Bobcats take on Middle Tennessee, a 70-40 loser against UIC, in a consolation semifinal game of the tournament at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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