Senior forward Horace Neysmith scored 15 points and cleared 14 rebounds to lead Massachusetts to a 63-55 victory over George Washington today in an Atlantic 10 game before 14,081 at Springfield Civic Center.
Neysmith and centers Bobby Braun and Tom Emerson held Colonials center Mike Brown to three points, 14 below his average, as the Minutemen (12-11) won their eighth of 14 league games. George Washington, which came into the game tied for fourth place with the Minutemen, dropped to 12-11, 7-7.
The Colonials defeated Massachusetts earlier in the year, 69-59, on the strength of Brown's 24 points and 16 rebounds.
Behind the shooting of guard Donald Russell, the Minutemen outscored George Washington, 8-2, at the start of the second half to increase their halftime lead of 29-28 to 37-30. Russell, who scored six points in the surge, completed the game with 11 points, all in the second half.
George Washington, down by 10 points in the latter half, rallied with about five minutes remaining when Brown scored on a 10-foot jump shot and guard Joe Wassel made two straight jumpers and a free throw to pull the Colonials to 53-50.
The Minutemen stopped that drive when Neysmith scored on a layup and drew a fifth foul on Brown with 3:11 remaining. Neysmith completed the three-point play.
Wassel, who also fouled out, paced the Colonials with 17 points.