The Patriots pulled within two points (60-58) one last time on freshman post Cameron Hoston's three-point play on a putback and free throw. Wood then came right back, nailing both ends of a 1-plus-1 for a 62-58 edge with 26.7 seconds remaining.
Breeden was fouled with 11.3 seconds to go and made the back end of a two-shot foul for a three-point deficit (62-59). The Patriots couldn't find anybody to foul on the inbound and Wood swooped in uncontested for a layup with 5.2 seconds left to set the final score. Eddy put up a 3 in vain just inside the half-court line, but missed.
Eddy, who was hounded all night by Riverside freshman Quan Brock and sophomore Lawson and met a wall of players whenever he drove to the lane, made just 7 of 22 shots, including 1 of 8 from long range.
"They've gone through a lot lately,'' said Metten of his players. "I know these kids are talented and I know they have heart. They've been hearing that their whole lives, but it's the Riverside that never makes it.
"They're playing for the name on that chest, Riverside. They're tired of hearing, 'Riverside full of talent, can't win the big one.' This is only step one, though. I had a feeling we were more athletic than [GW] so we tried to take advantage of it. The boys listened and played hard.''
Riverside senior center Nick Light added 15 points and 10 rebounds while senior point guard Marcus Reed contributed eight points, five boards and four assists. Lawson chipped in nine points.
Breeden finished with 15 points and seven boards for GW and Hoston contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Metten said he hasn't heard anything about the Riverside coaching situation.
"All I know is I'm interim head coach right now till further notice,'' he said. "I don't even know where they're at with all that. I have no idea. I came back for the kids. They needed somebody, so I came back for them.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.