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Aaron Ware had a team-high 13 points for the Colonials, while freshman John Kopriva (12 points) reached double figures for the first time. Taylor (11 points) and Kromah (10 points) also reached double figures.

“I can honestly say that if I’m leading the team in scoring, we’re probably not going to win the game.” Ware said. “We just have to get Lasan more shots and get Tony more shots. I think that’s going to be some carry-over to the next three games we play.”

It is an important time in GW’s development. The Colonials’ issues go beyond the obvious need to fully adjust to the structure of Lonergan’s offense. A 6-for-13 night at the foul line reflects a lingering problem. The 2-for-10 performance from beyond the 3-point line was GW’s worst of the season.

A shot here or there, and the Colonials would have put an end to a losing streak and evened their record. Instead, there’s a greater impetus for improvement as Atlantic 10 play fast approaches.

“One [play] doesn’t make the difference in a ballgame, ” Ware said. “I think free throws have been an Achilles’ heel for us in the season, but I think it’s something we can improve on. It’s not too late. Unfortunately, it’s a five-game losing streak, but we have more time to get it right.”