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There’s no question that Wednesday’s, 68-57, loss to La Salle was a missed opportunity for George Washington. Had the Colonials won, they would have moved out of last place and into a tie for 12th place in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings, based on Fordham’s loss to Massachusetts and Charlotte’s loss to St. Louis. That would have put them closer to qualifying for the conference tournament next month. Only the top 12 teams are invited to Atlantic City. Instead, GW can only lament how it let the win slip through its fingers.

“Whether it was a turnover that would stop the momentum and break our run, or if it was a missed free throw that would break our run, or we would give them a layup that would break our run,” GW Coach Karl Hobbs said. “I thought GW hurt GW. . . . At times we got a little tight. We didn’t play as loose as we needed.”

GW couldn’t find enough scorers outside of Damian Hollis, and he was saddled with foul trouble. Hollis picked up two quick fouls on a single play in the first minute of the game. He fouled Kimmani Barrett as Barrett went to the basket then was given a technical when he appeared to bump Barrett after the play had ended. Hobbs, who felt Hollis cleanly blocked Barrett’s shot, didn’t see what happened to cause the technical foul.

“You can rest assured that I’ll be watching the tape,” he said. “As soon as I get home to my office that will be the first thing I will watch.”

Hollis finished with 20 points in 21 minutes before fouling out of the game with 2 minutes 43 seconds to play. Rob Diggs had 11 points, and Tony Taylor added 10, but they didn’t receive much scoring help from their teammates.

“We needed scoring and unfortunately Damain stayed in foul trouble the entire night,” Hobbs said. “I thought he was the one guy who looked like he could carry us offensively, but unfortunately he got the touch foul in the second half. I have no idea what he was thinking at that moment.”

GW had 16 turnovers, 10 after halftime, which led to 25 points for La Salle. The Colonials were far less opportunistic with the Explorers’ 11 turnovers, turning them into just nine points. Although GW made more field goals than La Salle (21 to 19), the Colonials did not make as many trips to the foul line as the Explorers. GW was out-scored 23-9 in free throws.

Time is running out for GW. If the Colonials are to make the conference tournament, they can’t afford to squander any more opportunities. On Saturday, they travel to Charlotte, a team that has lost four of its last six. Then they host St. Bonaventure, a team that has lost five of its last six -- two winnable games that could lift GW in the standings, not that Hobbs would notice, or so he claims.

“I really don’t look at the standings,” he said. “I really just try to focus on each game, each opponent, and just try to put a game plan together to try to win a basketball game.”

By Kathy Orton  |  February 12, 2009; 6:18 AM ET
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