Dwayne Smith's three-point shot to tie the game with two seconds left clanged iron, and George Washington fell to Kansas State 65-62. The Colonials committed costly mistakes inside the last three minutes to hand the Wildcats a win at the Charles E. Smith Center.
With just under two minutes in the game, GW guard Bryan Bynes fouled Angel Rodriguez behind the arc. Rodriguez sunk all three free throws to give KSU a 61-57 lead that they would never relinquish. The Wildcat guard lead all scorers with 17, with 14 coming in the second half. Rodney McGruder had a double-double for KSU, racking up 15 points and 11 rebounds from the power guard position.
The Colonials struggled from the line late, missing two key free throws that would have greatly reduced the desperation GW was forced to play with in the final minutes. Isiaih Armwood, despite his impressive stat line of 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks, went one of two at the charity stripe with 1:25 to play. Just one minute earlier, Bryan Bynes missed one of his two free throws as well, helping Kansas State maintain their lead.
The Wildcats were the second high-profile opponent for the Colonials, who were beaten by Notre Dame Nov 21. GW is now 4-5 on the season. They travel to New Jersey to play Rutgers on Tuesday.