Dirkk Surles scored 29 points, including eight in a row late in the game last night in Stanford, Calif., to lead George Washington to an 81-70 first-round victory over Stanford in the Apple Invitational Tournament.
Stanford (2-1) pulled to 64-62 with 7:24 left on two free throws by Adam Keefe. However, Alvin Pearsall hit a jumper and Surles sank three straight field goals and a pair of free throws as the Colonials (2-1) took a 74-65 lead.
Surles made 13 of 20 shots.
Keefe hit 11 of 14 free throws in the second half and finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds, but the other Stanford shooters were cold. The Cardinal shot 39 percent from the field and 8 percent (one of 12) from three-point range in the second half.
George Washington came from 10 points down to take a 41-39 halftime lead behind 15 of Surles's points. Keefe had 13 of his points in the first half.
Loyola (Md.) 72, Mount St. Mary's 60: Kevin Green scored 19 points to lead Loyola (2-1) in the opening round of the Baltimore Beltway Classic in Towson, Md.
The Greyhounds (2-1) had lost nine straight to the Mount.