Nemanja Mikic scored a season-high 19 points and George Washington won its third straight Atlantic 10 Conference game with a 60-52 win over Charlotte on Saturday night.
Mikic scored 11 points in the second half, including seven in a row during a decisive 12-3 run for the Colonials (8-11, 3-2), winners of two straight and three of four after losing nine of their previous 10 games.
After the 49ers’ Jamar Briscoe sank a 3-pointer, tying the game at 45 with 5:18 remaining, the Colonials went ahead for good on a Dwayne Smith offensive rebound and putback. Mikic followed with three straight baskets for the Colonials, including a fast-break 3-pointer for a 54-48 lead with 1:02 remaining.
Chris Braswell finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds to pace the 49ers (10-8, 2-3), who led by 12 points in the first half. Charlotte opened conference play 2-0 but has dropped three straight. Briscoe scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half.
After the Colonials scored the game’s opening four points, the 49ers surged ahead with a 15-0 run and held their largest lead at 19-7. George Washington eventually rallied with a 13-3 run, capped by a John Kopriva dunk and a pair of Tony Taylor free throws, cutting the lead to 22-20 with 1:04 until halftime.
The 49ers led 25-22 at the break, but the Colonials scored the first four points of the second half and never trailed again despite making only 18 of 34 free throws (52.9 percent).
George Washington has won four straight and 10 of 13 against the 49ers.
Despite Braswell’s presence on the boards, the Colonials finished with a 41-36 rebounding advantage behind 10 from Aaron Ware.