QUINCY, W.Va. -- Jon Elmore saw something missing from George Washington in the opening half.
The Patriots found their fire after halftime and so did the 6-foot-4 senior shooting guard, who fueled a late-game run that carried them to a 52-43 victory over host Riverside. A crowd of about 400 attended the Class AAA Mountain State Athletic Conference East Division matchup Wednesday.
Elmore single-handedly turned a two-point lead into an 11-point cushion in the fourth quarter, scoring seven straight points, then assisting on the other bucket during a 9-0 surge as GW took a 50-39 advantage with 1:52 left in the game.
Earlier, sophomore guard Quan Brock's turnaround jumper in the lane with 3:14 left in the fourth brought Riverside within 41-39.
Then Elmore took over, converting a three-point play on a reverse layup and foul shot, then knocking down four straight 1-plus-1 free-throw attempts. Elmore set up GW freshman post Anthony Dean for a layup under the basket on a pass from the top of the 3-point line to finish off the run and essentially wrap up the win.
"It looked like we decided to save the best for the second half,'' said Elmore, who has signed with Virginia Military Institute. "We started out slow and didn't rebound very well, but then we all got together at halftime and talked it over and we were like, 'We've got to step it up if we want to be able to play in March.'
"And that's what we did. We really stepped it up in the second half, just the intensity level. The second half, we started finding bodies and going after it. That's what really changed the game and our momentum.''
Elmore netted 14 points of his 33 in the final period. He also made 14 of 17 foul shots and contributed eight rebounds and five assists.
"I just tried to do whatever it was going to take to do to win,'' said Elmore of the fourth quarter. "At the time, we needed scoring and a couple of times we needed a key assist. I just kept my head up and played my game and didn't let [Riverside's] pressure defense get me out of my rhythm.''