CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There's no doubt Luke Eddy can carry his weight on the George Washington team, and he showed as much by scoring 39 points Wednesday in the Patriots' 76-69 win over Hurricane on The Hill.
The idea is to see how much help he can get from his mostly youthful teammates.
As the Patriots improved to 8-3 by downing the the 10th-ranked Redskins, Domenik King scored 12, Alex Lewis added 10, Cameron Hoston seven and Austin Breeden six. Their development is as important as any factor in coach Rick Greene's team.
"Austin Breeden's catching up. Foul shots were a little off tonight, but that happens," said Eddy, one of the Patriots' few seniors. "To be good, we're going to need Dom, Alex to step up as well. And we've got those young freshmen out there just running around. They get lost sometimes, but they'll be all right."
The supporting cast helped put Wednesday's contest away against a tough Hurricane squad. The Redskins cut GW's game-long lead to 63-60 on a Henry Sorsaia 3-point goal, but the Patriots answered with two King free throws and a Hoston fast-break basket with 2:15 left.
When King scored off a Breeden assist to make it 71-64 with 1:19 left, the Patriots had the game under control. As it turned out, the Patriots got a single point from Eddy in the final four-plus minutes.
But when that point is No. 39, you can figure Eddy did some damage, and that was the case. For instance, he hit three straight 3-point goals to break an 11-all tie in the first quarter, and that put the Patriots up for good.
The Redskins (8-3) stayed close the rest of the way, cutting the lead to three points several times, but Eddy and company kept them at arm's length. It didn't help them that Ace Estep and Ian Miles fouled out in the final two minutes.
It was tough not to get a foul bumping around with the Patriots on this night.
"They're probably the most physical team we've played all year and I don't know if we were quite prepared for that, and that's my fault," said Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland. "We'd seen them play a couple of times and they didn't look that physical, [but] up close they were physical.