George Washington Colonials guard Maurice Creek (1) runs to George Washington Colonials forward Nemanja Mikic (30) after the game against Maryland Terrapins at Verizon Center. George Washington Colonials defeated Maryland Terrapins 77-75.Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON (AP) - Maurice Creek's buzzer-beater pushed George Washington to a dramatic 77-75 victory over Maryland in Sunday's BB&T Classic.
Early in the game, George Washington (8-1) was comfortably in the lead. After a back-and-forth first few minutes, the Colonials used a 9-1 run to take a 12-point lead.
George Washington's front court took a serious blow midway through the second when both of its bigs were effectively sidelined with foul trouble. Rattling the Colonials with a strong press, the Terps (5-4) used a 19-2 run to tie the game with a minute left, forcing George Washington to turn it over eight times down the stretch.
A Nick Faust steal gave Maryland the ball, before Joe McDonald took it back for George Washington. The teams traded free throws, before Creek drained his dramatic shot out of a Colonial timeout.
Creek was among four Colonials scoring in double-digits, pacing the team with 25 points.