George Washington took control of the offensive boards to shoot 61 percent in the second half in an 83-78 Atlantic 10 victory over St. Bonaventure University Thursday night at the Reilly Center.
The Colonials, who ended their six-game losing streak, are 8-10 overall, 2-6 in league, while the Bonnies dropped to 6-9, 2-5 before a home crowd of 3,927. Bona will host Temple in another Atlantic 10 game at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Bonnies jumped to an early lead, going ahead, 33-22, with 4:14 left in the first half as Michael Burnett scored 14 points before intermission. The Colonials rallied to trail, 38-32, by halftime.
It was nip-and-tuck through most of the second half as neither team had more than a two- or three-point lead until Ellis McKinnie's layup with 1:06 left which gave George Washington a 77-72 advantage.
Bona matched Rob Lanier's free throw and Donald Burnett's layup against a pair of free throws by Glen Sitney to make it 79-75 with 42 seconds left. The Colonials converted free throws to go ahead, 83-75, before the Bonnies' Jason Brower sank a three-pointer with two seconds to go for the final margin.
The Colonials shot 48 percent (31 of 64), while Bona shot 44 percent (24 of 54). The difference was rebounding, where George Washington led, 40-36, including a 19-13 advantage on the offensive boards as the Colonials shot 19 of 31 in the second half.
The Burnetts had 16 points onaventure
each, and Brower scored 14 for the Bonnies, while Sonni Holland had 22 and McKinnie 18 for the Colonials.
"I thought it was a game there for the taking, and we did not step up and take it," said Bona coach Tom Chapman. "We were not doing the job on the boards. They were getting the second shots off the glass, and that won the game for them."
"In the second half, we didn't have as many baskets in the transition game."