After Rasaan Harris fired a pass over the head of Henry Sorsaia under the basket with 3.8 seconds left, GW attempted to inbound. Eddy was called for pushing off on Harris, and the foul returned the ball to the Redskins under their own goal with no time going off the clock.
Hurricane's Trey Dawson couldn't find anyone close to inbound to, and had to heave it to Harris near midcourt. All he could manage was an off-line 25-footer at the buzzer.
"We couldn't put the ball in the hole,'' said Harris, who approached a triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. "We had spurts where we couldn't even get any shot up down the stretch. You can't have empty possessions, and it came back to haunt us.''
GW coach Rick Greene was pleased with his team's mental toughness.
"Mentally, it's hard to make that [last] stop,'' he said, "because you've made the stop that you probably think has won the game - at least we'd get Luke to the line. Then they get the charge call. I'm proud of the kids as much as anything to focus and concentrate and get that last stop.''
Cai Carena came off the bench to grab 11 rebounds and help GW to a 42-40 edge off the boards. Sorsaia donated 17 points and 11 rebounds for Hurricane.
Harris felt the Redskins performed admirably on the big stage, at least until the final moments.
"You have to have constructive criticism to get better,'' he said, "but we take a lot of good things out of it. For our guys, our first time being here, I think we were mentally and physically ready. We knew what we wanted to do. We just didn't get the job done tonight.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.