That's when GW spread the floor, pulled the ball out and began the long process of forcing Winfield to foul to get the ball back. The Patriots made 14 of 19 at the line in the fourth quarter.
"Credit to them,'' Winfield coach Pat McGinnis said of the Patriots. "They slowed the game. That's not our style.
"We just didn't share the ball well, move the ball well. We tried to force things. I thought we did a nice job on Elmore [but] we just didn't do anything like we had been. We didn't rebound the basketball tonight on either end. We were way too soft, and we let them push us around. We didn't have any intensity at all. Not an excuse, but we played four games in six days, so I guess we were leg-weary.''
Bear Bellomy led Winfield with 21 points and six rebounds but was only 6 of 16 from the floor. Zach Fisher added 12 points and Show 11.
"We were able to guard them,'' Carena said, "and we stuck with it through the whole game. We just played good defense, and that will work out for us. Play hard on defense and the offense will take care of itself.
"Even if Jon's not scoring, he's working with the team and that helps a lot, passing and cutting.''
Dean led GW with 12 rebounds and Alex Lewis handed out six assists. Freshman reserve Larry Bryson provided a spark with five points, five rebounds and two steals.
The game featured 12 lead changes and three ties in the first half as GW led 31-29.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.