Interestingly, Elmore, who leads the state in scoring at 30-plus points per game, didn't have a field goal after the third quarter. He was 5 of 6 at the line in OT.
"We really came together as a team tonight,'' Elmore said. "Guys stepped up and guys knocked down big shots, and we didn't have that earlier in the year. The atmosphere was great, and we had a great student section.''
While GW was making all the right moves in the overtime, Capital couldn't come up with the equalizer. The Cougars were 0 of 6 from the floor and 0 of 2 at the foul line at the outset and fell behind 68-59.
"We had an opportunity to win with a last-second shot,'' said Cougars coach Carl Clark, "but we didn't get the shot that we wanted. The kids didn't do what we instructed them to do. Then they get their heads down. They think they should have won the ballgame, and then they don't function well in the overtime.''
Capital tried several different combinations on the floor in an attempt to slow down GW and Elmore, the VMI recruit.
After the midway point of the second quarter, low posts Bryce Goldsmith and Brad Grose hardly played. Capital had success using Bays, an occasional starter, with four small subs who built the lead to 30-21, using a 12-0 run. However, it didn't last long and the battle of the boards - tied at 17-all at halftime - ended in a 48-31 advantage for GW.
"We weren't satisfied with what we were getting inside,'' Clark said of the lineup changes. "You can't beat anybody with a good ballteam with guys who can't rebound the basketball. Our inside people were letting people go to the basket and backing up.
"We can't exist and win ballgames and be successful if we have no inside game. They're not aggressive inside and they back away when the ball comes instead of stepping up and taking charge and challenging shots.''
Bays knocked down 4 of 6 from 3-point range and led Capital with 19 points. Jordan Kinney added 14 points and seven assists and Morris ended with 12 points and seven rebounds after sitting a good chunk of the second quarter with two fouls.
Greene thought Capital's tactic at the outset - switching fresh defenders like Kinney, Tyrell Davis and Silas Nazario on Elmore - was sound.
"They were going to run people at Jon, run people at Jon,'' Greene said, "and that game plan was really good. I thought in the first half, we were back on our heels and I don't think we were aggressive enough. We were watching Jon take three, four people on. We were fortunate [to be down] only six at halftime.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.