George Washington University's basketball team played what its coach, John Kuester, called a "tester" last night at Smith Center.

The test was whether the Colonials could survive a game against Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a game against Georgia Tech looming on the horizon.

After doing little more than surviving most of the first half, GW settled in and aced its test with a 73-48 victory that will allow them to take a 7-2 record to Atlanta for their Saturday game against the Yellow Jackets.

"There are challenges and there are testers," Kuester said. "{Last night} was a tester -- when you play a team you are supposed to beat, but when you have to play for 40 minutes to do it."

The Colonials really needed to play 13 minutes last night -- the last seven of the first half and the first six of the second. During that time, they turned a 23-18 deficit into a 45-26 lead.

The Indians (4-5) twice closed to nine points before GW put together a 22-6 run that made the score 71-46 with 52 seconds left.

Senior guard Joe Dooley made 12 of 12 free throws and scored a game-high 16 points for the Colonials, who also got 12 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore forward Mike Jones. Freshman forward Glen Sitney, a graduate of High Point High School, made the first start of his collegiate career and scored nine points in 17 minutes.

GW led at halftime, 30-25, thanks in no small part to the Indians' 16 turnovers -- four on offensive fouls -- and IUP assistant coach Tony Bernardi, who received technical fouls after disputing two of the offensive foul calls.