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In front of Obama, GW men's basketball falls to Oregon State

Senior Hermann Opoku and George Washington fell into a 14-0 hole before mounting a valiant comeback to get within two points.
Senior Hermann Opoku and George Washington fell into a 14-0 hole before mounting a valiant comeback to get within two points. (John Mcdonnell/the Washington Post)
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GW, which starts two freshmen and a sophomore, turned over the ball on its first two possessions and had seven turnovers before scoring its first points.

Oregon State, which runs a version of the Princeton offense, built its lead to 32-14 by making 50 percent of its shots before halftime. OSU senior forward Seth Tarver scored 11 of his 18 points in the first half.

The Beavers' lead was starting to look insurmountable when GW rallied. A 10-2 run to end the half, capped by a pair of three-pointers by Lasan Kromah (Eleanor Roosevelt), pulled the Colonials to 34-24 at halftime. Kromah scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting to lead the Colonials.

Although it never led, GW put a scare into Oregon State late. In the final minute, Bynes and Tony Taylor had back-to-back steals that led to layups. Then, with the crowd chanting, "Yes we can!" Kromah sank a three-pointer and the Colonials trailed by their smallest margin, two points.

"We never felt like we were out of the game and that's how we played," Hobbs said.

Obama stayed after the game was over to shake hands with players and coaches from both teams.

"He told us good game, great effort," Bynes said. "Personally, I felt like . . . I can't even explain the words right now. I was very excited to shake his hand. Even with the loss, that was a bright spot of the day."


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