WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Ronny Turiaf tied a career high with 29 points as 24th-ranked Gonzaga held on for its sixth straight win, 96-91 over George Washington in the championship game of the BB&T Classic.
Turiaf made 9-of-14 shots from the field and 10-of-12 free throws for the Bulldogs (6-1), who opened an 81-67 lead with 8:24 remaining before holding off a Colonials' rally in the final minutes.
George Washington (5-2) closed to 92-89 on Carl Elliott's 3-pointer with 14 seconds left, but Kyle Bankhead made a pair from the line for Gonzaga a second later to clinch the victory.
The Colonials stayed in the game even though Gonzaga to shot 66 percent (31-of-47) from the field, including a sizzling 73 percent (16-of-22) in the second half.
George Washington played a nearly perfect first half, shooting 53 percent from the field and making 7-of-11 3-pointers to take a 52-47 lead.
But the Bulldogs stepped up the pressure in the second half, switching from a zone defense to man-to-man. Gonzaga made its first 11 shots in the second half, pounding the ball inside for easy layups and dunks.
T.J. Thompson scored a career-high 28 points for George Washington and tied a tournament record with seven 3-pointers but he was held to six points in the second half. Omar Williams chipped in 13 points for the Colonials.
George Washington shot just percent (12-of-32) in the second half, making just 2-of-11 3-pointers.
Erroll Knight scored 18 points and Corey Violette and Brandon Morrison added 10 apiece for the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga scored 50 points in the paint and made 31-of-38 free throws, compared to 22-of-25 effort by George Washington.