For the first time this season, St. Bonaventure is on a losing streak.
The Bonnies' valiant second-half comeback attempt was stymied by freshman guard SirValiant Brown, who poured in 29 points as George Washington sent the Bonnies to a 75-72 defeat in an Atlantic-10 Conference game Wednesday night. Brown entered the game tops in the nation in scoring with an average of 24.9 points per game.
It's the first time this season the Bonnies (12-4 overall, 4-2 in the A-10) have dropped back-to-back games, coming on the heels of last Saturday's 66-60 defeat at Fordham. George Washington, which had lost its previous four conference games, is 7-11 overall.
"We knew they had great scorers but we weren't able to stop them when we needed to," Bona coach Jim Baron said.
Especially Brown. The 6-foot-1 gunner was 9 of 20 from the field, including 2 of 6 from three-point range, and 9 of 12 from the foul line.
"We kept switching guys on Brown but no one could seem to guard him," Baron said. "He's amazing."
The Colonials led, 68-60, with 1:46 left. The Bonnies trimmed the margin to 73-69 on J. R. Bremer's layup with 8 seconds to go. But GW's Mike King iced it with two free throws before Bremer sank a three-pointer to finish with a career-high 23 points. Caswell Cyrus added 20 points and three blocks and Tim Winn had 14 points and four steals. The Bonnies host Rhode Island at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Reilly Center.