Mike Brey made two free throws with seven seconds to play to clinch George Washington's 65-64 victory over Towson State last night at the Colonials' Smith Center.
Towson's Tony Odrick scored an uncontested layup at the buzzer to account for the final margin.
Guard Wilbert Skipper led GW (5-3) with 24 points. Freshman center Michael Brown had 16 points and 14 rebounds. For Towson (2-5), Donald Leslie and Tony Odrick scored 19 apiece.
The tight nonconference game turned on a controversial traveling violation and ensuing technical foul against Towson Coach Vince Angotti with 4:32 to play. At the time, the score was tied at 59.
The traveling violation was called on Towson's Leslie, who was possibly tripped on the play. When Angotti continued to argue the call, referee Joe Forte called a technical foul.
Skipper converted two free throws to give GW a 61-59 lead. GW Coach Gerry Gimelstob then went to a three-guard offense of Dave Hobel, Skipper and Brey.
The Colonials held the ball, using up almost two minutes before Brey was fouled. He made both shots in the bonus situation and GW led, 63-59, with two minutes to play.
Leslie made a 12-foot jump shot and, after the Tigers regained possession, made one of two free throws, making it 63-62 with 12 seconds to play. Brey then was intentionally fouled by center Donald Jones. The senior guard made both free throws for a 65-62 lead.