WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sophomore Shaun Lawton took full advantage of his first start of his sophomore season recording a new career-high in points but it wasn't enough as Maine was defeated, 108-81, by George Washington at the Charles E. Smith Center on Tuesday night. Lawton tallied 23 total points, breaking his previous career high of 12.
This is the second-straight contest Lawton set a career-high, achieving the last mark against Fisher on Nov. 10. Lawton shot 9-of-13 from the field and hit on his only 3-point attempt of the game. Lawton also tied Zarko Valjaravic in the assist department as both tallied six.
Maine had three more players reach double-digits as Dimitry Akanda-Coronel had his third straight double-figure game reaching 16 points.
Valjarevic finished the game with 13 points; meanwhile Ethan Mackey registered 10 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double as he finished the game with nine boards.
George Washington had five players reach double-digit point totals with Maurice Creek leading the way. Creek finished the game with 19 points while Isiah Armwood and Kethan Savage both trailed close behind with 18 apiece. Kevin Larsen and Nemanja Mikic were the other two to reach the double-digit plateau registering 13 points in the game.
Rebounding was once again an issue for the Black Bears as the Colonials outrebounded Maine 49-36.
The Black Bears struggled from beyond the arc shooting 5-of-19 while the Colonials were hot to start but cooled off, hitting 11-of-28 total.
Maine looked competitive early as Lawton and Coronel combined to open up a 5-2 to lead in the games first five minutes.
GW countered as Maurice Creek drained a 3-pointer to tie it up at 5-5.
The Colonials took control from there as the team went on a 24-6 run to open their biggest lead of the half, 29-12.
Maine began to claw back however as a Lawton trey began the comeback, making it 29-15. Coronel followed that up with a layup of his own to make it 29-17.
The Black Bears continued to chip away at the lead until they got it to within seven points with just under four minutes remaining, as Lawton forced a turnover and was fouled on the ensuing fastbreak and hit on one of his free throw opportunities to make it 45-38.
The Colonials built their lead back up again as they went into halftime up 56-46.
The second half was a different story for the Black Bears as the squad got outscored 52-35 in the final frame as the Colonials improved to 2-0 on the season while Maine dropped to 1-2 overall.
The Black Bears conclude a stretch that featured three games in five days, as the Black Bears played Rhode Island on Nov. 8, opened at home against Fisher on Nov. 10 and concluded the stretch in Washington D.C. against the Colonials tonight.
Maine will now have a week to prepare for its next test as they welcome NJIT to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Maine. That game is scheduled for Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and will be the men's basketball grand opening in their new home.