Sophomore guard Lorenzo Sutton scored a game-high 26 points today as Massachusetts handed George Washington its fifth straight road loss, 78-72, in an Atlantic 10 Conference game.

The Minutemen improved to 3-7, 1-1 in the Atlantic 10. George Washington is 5-5, 0-1.

The Colonials, playing without injured starting forward Moti Daniel, were tied at 32 at halftime despite the shooting of Sutton, who had seven of Massachusetts' first 11 field goals and finished the half with 16 points.

Massachusetts, which started three freshmen, broke a 36-36 tie with 16:44 left by running off seven straight points. It extended the margin to 62-47 less than three minutes later. The Minutemen had strong support from David Brown (12 of 16 points in the second half) and Joe Fennell (all 13 after halftime).

George Washington ran off nine straight to trail, 62-56, with 6:32 left. The Colonials' full-court press helped narrow the lead to 70-67 on Joe Dooley's jumper with 1:11 left. But Massachusetts held them off with the aid of Brown's follow of a missed free throw with 54 seconds left and Sutton's dunk off an inbounds pass with 30 seconds left.

Troy Webster scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half for George Washington. District of Columbia 65, Indiana (Pa.) 45

Tim Stanfil had 12 points and Johnny Jones 10 to lead the Firebirds (6-4) to the title of the Indiana (Pa.) Christmas Tree tournament.

Jones, who totaled 31 points and 15 rebounds in two games, was named the tournament's most valuable player. He and Stanfil were selected for the all-tournament team. Freddie Sandifer, who led the Indians (6-6) with 18 points last night, also was named to the all-tournament team. Howard 49, Campbell 47

Fred Hill scored eight of his 12 points late in the second half to help the Bison post a comeback victory in Buies Creek, N.C.

The Bison trailed, 45-40, with 7:40 left when Hill came off the bench and sank a 15-footer. Following consecutive misses by the Fighting Camels, Hill made two free throws, then hit a leaning bank shot as Howard took the lead for good, 46-45.

Hill scored again on a short jump shot with 50 seconds left and the Bison had a 48-45 advantage. Campbell, which went 12 minutes without a basket in the second half, closed to 48-47, but Derek Caracciolo made one of two free throws and Howard ran out the clock.

Howard (5-5) trailed, 29-28, at the half, despite a solid effort from Rocky Gholson, who scored 11 of his career-high 15 points.

The Fighting Camels seemed in control early in the second half as a 10-2 run gave them a 39-30 lead with 16:16 left. But cold shooting (Campbell was eight for 31 in the half) and Hill's play gave Howard its third straight win, all on the road.

Campbell (3-7) was led by guard John Huffstetler's 14 points. Williams had 10.