- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 12, 2006

Saint Louis sophomore guard Danny Brown had the look he wanted. Brown, the Billikens’ best 3-point shooter on the floor, ended up wide open behind the arc on the left wing in a tied game with two-tenths of a second left in regulation.

But the ball inexplicably slipped out of Brown’s hands, flew backward and out of bounds and 17th-ranked George Washington escaped another upset bid, beating Saint Louis 69-64 last night before 2,862 at Smith Center.

It was the second consecutive game the Colonials had gone into overtime but survived. And for the second straight game, Colonials junior guard Danilo Pinnock came to the rescue.

Pinnock scored seven of his team-high 19 points in overtime and rallied the Colonials to a physical win over a competitive Billikens squad.

“[GW] had every reason to lose tonight, and they found a way to win, and that’s a sign of a good team,” Saint Louis coach Brad Soderberg said.

On Saturday at Marshall, Pinnock scored 13 of his team-high 21 points in the final 4:30 and the overtime period to preserve a 79-73 victory. GW’s leading scorer needed an encore performance last night just to keep the Colonials perfect at home.

“We’ve been in enough situations where we’ve been on the other side of that game, where it’s been close at the end, and we just can’t pull it out,” said Pinnock, who also pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds. “I think we are a little bit more mature now, and we can handle that.”

In just its second game as a member of the Atlantic 10, Saint Louis turned in a valiant effort against the explosive Colonials. The Billikens slowed the run-and-gun Colonials and controlled the tempo. Brown, who made five of 12 3s en route to a season-high 23 points, could have easily ended GW’s evening with a simple flick of his wrist.

“It just slipped off my hand. I don’t know what to say about it,” said Brown, who entered the game a 34.6 percent 3-point shooter. “I went up to shoot it, and it just flew out. Once I saw I was open, maybe I got too excited because everybody ran to the paint and I was wide open. I was like, ‘this should be like the rest of them, a piece of cake.’”

The win extended GW’s home record to 7-0. However, things could change Saturday when the Colonials play host to Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks, along with Xavier and GW, are considered the conference’s standard bearers.

Beating Saint Joseph’s at home certainly would make a statement for GW (11-1, 2-0 A-10). Coach Phil Martelli’s Hawks blasted the Colonials 71-56 in the friendly confines of Smith Center last season.

“Last year they came in and won the game; that’s how I would define it,” GW coach Karl Hobbs said. “Revenge is never on our mind. What’s on our mind is playing defense, rebounding, taking care of the ball, and running our transition game.”

Pinnock paced four Colonials in double figures. Backup point guard Maureece Rice came off the bench and scored 13 points. Williams and guard Carl Elliott scored 10 points apiece. As a team, the Colonials blocked seven shots and recorded 11 steals.

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