SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The team used to the spotlight took a bow on Saturday afternoon, but ultimately did it on defense.
George Washington turned back five Hurricane possessions in the final minute to hold onto a 51-50 victory in the Mountain State Athletic Conference boys consolation game at the South Charleston Community Center.
Cameron Hoston's rebound goal with exactly a minute left put the Patriots (16-4) up for good in a back-and-forth game that featured 17 lead changes.
Hurricane (15-5), playing in its first Night of Champions contest, had five chances to regain the lead after that, but each proved fruitless.
"To be honest, every single game for us has been like that,'' said Luke Eddy, GW's all-state guard and lone returning starter. "We don't win games by more than 10 points.
"It's good we got a Night of Champions win with this team. I've been through it before, but most of these kids are new to it. They're going to be happy.''
The Patriots won back-to-back MSAC crowns in 2010-11 at the Community Center and have played in two straight Class AAA state tournament title games at the Civic Center.
Eddy paced GW with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but shot an uncharacteristic 5 of 19 from the floor and missed three free throws in the final 2:55. Dominik King added 10 points for the Patriots.
Hurricane held leads as large as seven points in the second half and was still up 50-45 but went scoreless over the final 4:07.
After Hoston's board-crashing rebound goal with a minute left, the Redskins' five possessions resulted in four missed shots and a turnover. They even got two chances in the waning seconds.