Tracey Earley sank a school-record 20 free throws on her way to a career-high 34 points yesterday, but it wasn't until she made her last two foul shots in the second overtime that George Washington claimed a 97-95 victory over West Virginia in an Atlantic 10 game at Smith Center.

Even after the Colonials' ninth-straight victory, the junior forward was disturbed by a miss -- a free throw that could have won the game in regulation.

"I'm not at all happy about my performance on the court today," said Earley, who took 25 free throws and had nine rebounds. "But it's a win and thank God it was free throws {that made the difference}. But the game should have been wrapped up before the first overtime."

George Washington (13-4 overall, 7-1 in the conference) tied the school record for points in a game set in 1980 against Salisbury State. But it was the Colonials' free throw shooting (a school record 41 of 50) and the play of Earley, senior forward Gloria Murphy (26 points, six rebounds) and senior center Kas Allen (19 points and a game-high 19 rebounds) that made this win special.

The Mountaineers (8-9, 3-5) stayed close despite having four front court players foul out before the second overtime. And, going into the second overtime, West Virginia's Dionne Morris (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Judy Eaton (19 points, five of seven from three-point range) had four fouls each.

But even after Earley made two free throws with 13 seconds left in the second overtime for a 97-92 lead, it wasn't over. The Colonials put on full-court pressure, but Eaton hit a 22-footer with three seconds to go to bring the Mountaineers to 97-95. West Virginia took a timeout, but George Washington ran out the clock.

George Washington's largest lead was 65-54 in the second half. West Virginia then reeled off seven points to make it 65-61 with 7:10 remaining in regulation.

Sophomore guard Karin Vadelund hit two free throws to give the Colonials a 75-70 lead with 29 seconds remaining, but Morris made a three-pointer 10 seconds later. Earley was fouled, but she missed the front end of a one-and-one and Jenny Hillen sent the game into overtime at 75-75 with an off-balanced driving hook with eight seconds left.

After Earley gave George Washington an 86-83 lead with a bank shot with 50 seconds left in the first overtime, Morris made another three-pointer with 32 seconds left.

Virginia 72, Duke 49: Donna Holt scored 20 points as the seventh-ranked Cavaliers (15-1, 5-0) beat the 13th-ranked Blue Devils, who committed a school-record 39 turnovers, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game in Durham, N.C.

It was the fourth straight loss for Duke (13-4, 2-4). Chris Moreland's streak of double figure scoring ended at 66 games with eight.

James Madison 87, AU 64: Sydney Beasley, a senior center from Oxon Hill, had 21 points and seven rebounds to lead the Dukes (13-1 overall, 5-0 in Colonial Athletic Association). Beth Shearer's 14 points led the Eagles (6-10, 3-2) in their first game at new Bender Arena.

Maryland 92, North Carolina State 71: Center Vicky Bullett scored 20 points, 12 in the second half, as No. 14 Maryland pulled away from a 39-35 halftime lead for an ACC victory in Raleigh, N.C.

Under full-court pressure by the Terrapins (13-3, 5-1), the Wolfpack committed 23 turnovers.

N.C. State (7-9, 2-5) was led by Kerri Hobbs' 15 points.

Navy 67, George Mason 58: Tawny Petrick and Connie James (nine rebounds) scored 19 points each to lead the Midshipmen (10-7) in Annapolis. Cindy Baruch led the Patriots (10-5) with 16 points.

Villanova 70, Georgetown 62: Senior forward Lisa Angelotti scored 25 points to lead the Wildcats (12-4, 5-2) to a Big East overtime win at Villanova, Pa. Villanova's Helen Koskinen hit 13 of 18 free throws in scoring 23 points.

Forward Beth Knight led the Hoyas (5-11, 2-5) with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Her base-line jumper at the buzzer forced overtime, but the Hoyas made four turnovers and Villanova was eight of nine from the line.

Catholic 52, Amherst 50: Tracey Cahill, a junior point guard, scored 11 points to lead Catholic (9-1) to a win in the 10th annual Manhattanville Tournament in Purchase, N.Y. Liz Garner led Amherst (7-2) with 14 points and eight rebounds.

UDC 77, Fayetteville State 39: In Fayetteville, N.C., Jackie McKinnon scored 24 points to lead the Firebirds (12-2) to their eighth straight win. Casie Dunmore added 16 points, nine rebounds and five steals. For the first time in 32 games, junior forward Malissa Stephenson did not score in double figures. She had leg cramps and finished with eight points.

Marymount 76, York 60: Debbie Clise scored 18 points and Teresa Owen had 10 rebounds to lead the Saints (12-3) at York, Pa.