Brian Butler and Moti Daniel each scored 18 points to lead George Washington University to a 73-68 victory over Coastal Carolina last night before 517 at Smith Center, extending the Colonials' home victory streak to five.
Coastal Carolina (4-6), a Division II school that will move to Division I next season, took a 35-32 lead 2:20 into the second half.
But 40 seconds later, Kenny Barer tied the game at 38-38, and the Colonials (5-3) didn't trail again.
Daniel, a freshman forward, scored back-to-back baskets with 16:10 to play and George Washington went up, 44-38, on Brian Butler's two foul shots.
"We didn't play well as a team, but at the end we did what we had to do and that's what really counted," said Butler, after scoring his career high.
George Washington, which shot 45 percent from the field and 87 percent from the line, took a 62-46 lead with 8:22 to play after a jump shot by Joe Dooley.
After a Coastal Carolina timeout, the Chanticleers rallied within 68-66 with 34 seconds to play. But Daniel made two free throws with 25 seconds to play and Dooley made the first of two to give the Colonials a 71-66 lead.
"That just goes to show what long breaks (between games) do to a team," Coach John Kuester of GW said. "You've got to give Coastal Carolina a lot of credit. The difference is the free throw shooting." Providence 93, Howard 84
Dave Kipfer scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half, and Billy Donovan scored 12 of his 19 then, as the Friars (7-1) defeated Howard (2-4) at Providence Civic Center before 4,519.
Howard trailed by 46-38 at halftime but was within 72-69 with 6:58 remaining. Kipfer then made two short jump shots and a foul shot to help increase the lead to 77-69.
Howard cut it to 80-77 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining, mainly on the scoring of Mike Hampton, who finished with 20 points, and Fred Hill, who had a game-high 24. But the Friars then made 10 straight foul shots.