CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Not much sympathy gets doled out In a league like the Mountain State Athletic Conference. George Washington almost found out the hard way Thursday night.
The Patriots were taken to the limit by a self-professed "struggling'' Parkersburg team, holding on for a 70-67 victory at GW High School.
Senior guard Jon Elmore dropped in 25 points for GW (10-4), and freshman center Anthony Dean delivered a career-best 21 points, six rebounds and one huge blocked shot in the closing seconds.
Parkersburg (4-10), which canned 10 3-point goals. had two chances to tie the game with a long shot in the final 10 seconds, but neither was on target.
"We survived it,'' said GW coach Rick Greene. "This is the perfect MSAC game from the standpoint that there's really not too many bad teams. I didn't think we did some things well by any means, but [Parkersburg] came in and played with a lot of energy.
"It's a W. It's a division W. It's a lot better than a pretty loss.''
GW looked like it might seize control early with leads of 16-5 and 31-18 in the first half, but the Big Reds didn't relent despite having their top scorer and rebounder, J.D. Wade, in foul trouble all night and playing less than half the game before being whistled for his fifth foul with 6:47 remaining.
Parkersburg tied it at 59 on a 3 from the corner by Michael Ramsey (15 points) with 5:31 left before GW scored six in a row. When the Big Reds' Cole Day (20 points, six rebounds) hit a leaning shot at the 2:46 mark, the lead was down to 67-64.
The Patriots then pulled the ball out and tried to dribble off the remaining time.
Elmore was finally fouled with 43 seconds left and hit 1 of 2 to bump the lead to four. Day stroked his fourth and final 3 from the corner off a nice feed from Zachary Carroll with 40 seconds left and it was down to 68-67.
GW beat Parkersburg's pressure to get a layup from Dominik King at the 28-second mark and the Big Reds worked for a final shot to send the game into overtime.
Day tried to force a 3 from the top of the key with less than 10 seconds left, but a charging Dean was able to get a piece of the ball and the rebound went to GW's Deshawn Womack, who was fouled with 4.9 seconds to go. Womack missed both free throws and Parkersburg got the ball to Darius Basta for a running 3 from 25 feet that missed at the buzzer.