West Virginia's Holman Harley scored 16 points and Vernon Odom hit two free throws with five seconds left in overtime, giving the Mountaineers a 75-74 Atlantic 10 victory over George Washington tonight at West Virginia Coliseum.
It was the fifth straight loss overall and seventh straight on the road for the Colonials, who are 5-8 overall and 0-4 in the Atlantic 10.
GW's Moti Daniel, who finished with 16 points, sank a driving layup with 31 seconds left in overtime to cut West Virginia's lead to 73-72. The Mountaineers (10-5, 6-0) held the ball until Odom was fouled with five seconds left. He made both free throws and GW's Mike O'Reilly (13 points) hit a long jumper with one second left for the game's final points.
"Any time you lose, it hurts," said first-year Colonials Coach John Kuester. "I thought we played good enough to win, but overtime or not, a loss is a loss. Our kids played great. I'm really proud of their effort tonight."
With 2:14 left in regulation, West Virginia led, 65-62, following a layup by Dale Blaney (14 points). O'Reilly hit the front end of a one-and-one with 2:05 remaining and Daniel converted an offensive rebound into the final two points of regulation to tie the score at 65 with 32 seconds left.
West Virginia played for the last shot but lost the ball out of bounds with five seconds left. O'Reilly's halfcourt shot at the buzzer hit off the front rim and sent the game into overtime.
The Mountaineers held a five-point lead at 71-66 with 2:51 remaining in overtime. But Troy Webster (11 points) made a 17-footer with 2:35 to play and Chester Wood, who led the Colonials with 18 points, hit an 18-footer from the right base line with two minutes left to pull GW to 71-70.
With 56 seconds left, Harley hit a jumper from the top of the key to give West Virginia a 73-70 lead.
George Washington outshot West Virginia from the field, 56.9 percent to 43.5 percent.
Gallaudet 108, Washington Bible 69: David Hamilton had 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots as the Bison won on the road to improve to 3-8.