George Washington survived poor foul shooting in the final three minutes and defeated Temple, 58-54, in an Atlantic-10 game tonight in the Palestra.
Troy Webster led the Colonials with 19 points, but Dave Hobel's free throws with 14 seconds left sealed the victory. George Washington is 7-6 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Temple dropped to 6-6 and 3-2.
George Washington, behind two three-point plays from Mike Brown (16 points) and a three-point jump shot from Hobel, opened up a 51-45 lead with 4:29 to go. But the Colonials missed the front end of one-and-one foul shots four straight times to let Temple back in.
Temple's Jim McLaughlin made a 15-footer with 56 seconds to go to make the score 56-54, and followed that with a steal during the Colonials' stall effort. But McLaughlin made a bad pass to turn the ball back to George Washington.
Hobel was then fouled with seven seconds to go and made both free throws.
In the first half, George Washington got 11 of its first 21 points from Webster in building a 21-14 lead. Webster got five points from the foul line during that span, but then foul trouble of his own (two in the 10 minutes) force him to the bench.
George Washington led at halftime, 29-22. The Owls rallied, but after a 45-45 tie, the Colonials scored six straight and never lost the lead.