Randy Davis scored 17 points, Oscar Wilmington had 15 and Curtis Smith 14 as George Washington survived a late Minutemen rush to snap a seven-game losing streak in an Eastern Eight Conference game at Amherst, Mass.
The Colonials (2-5, 5-13) turned an 11-9 edge with 15:01 left in the first half into a 21-point lead at intermission (38-17). Davis scored 11 points, and Smith, Steve Perry and Dan Sullivan each scored six.
George Washington built its lead by hitting 15 of 27 shots from the field (59.2 percent), while Massachusetts (0-9, 3-16) made only eight of 25 (32 percent). The Colonials also out rebounded the Minutemen, 18-7, and forced 13 turnovers.
Although the Colonials scored more from the field than the Minutemen after intermission (13 field goals to 12), Massachusetts chipped away at GW from the foul line. It made its first 15 free throws and went 19 for 23 from the line in the half.
Trailing, 64-47, with 1:55 left, the Minutemen outscored GW, 13-2, to cut the final margin to seven points. Tony DePina and Tyrone Whitehead each had four points in that run.
Craig Smith led Massachusetts with 14 points. Perry was the leading rebounder with 11 for the Colonials.