Men's Basketball Beat By Richmond, 77-70
Cavanaugh records second straight 20-point game with 22
WASHINGTON -- Despite a valiant comeback attempt in which the GW men's basketball team cut a 23-point second half deficit to four, the Colonials ultimately succumbed to the Richmond Spiders, 77-70, at the Charles E. Smith Center on Sunday afternoon. GW fell to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in A-10 play, while the Spiders remained unblemished in the conference with a 3-0 mark (9-6 overall).
The Colonials trailed 40-29 at the halftime break and watched Richmond extend to a game high 59-36 advantage with 13:19 to play, before embarking on a furious rally. Over the next 7:14 of game action, GW outscored the visitors 26-9 to pull within six at the 6:05 mark. The Colonials got as close as four following a Jaren Sina three with :31 seconds to play, but the comeback came too late to overcome the scorching Spiders.
Richmond connected on 32-of-52 (.615) from the field as a team, including 8-of-15 (.533) from behind the arc, and ran their Princeton offense to perfection in getting 40 points in the paint and generating 22 assists.
"I knew we were going to come back, even when we were down by 23," said interim head coach Maurice Joseph. "Someone is going to hit a big shot, someone is going to get steals -- that's just who we've been. That's become our identity. We are resilient. We are a tough bunch. Our young guys are some pretty tough kids. But it's not enough to just be tough, we have to play smart."
Tyler Cavanaugh led GW with a game-high 22 points along with a team-high seven rebounds and team-high tying four assists, while Yuta Watanabe tallied 15 points with three blocks and three steals on the defensive end. Sina was another Colonial in double-figures with 10.
Richmond's T.J. Cline had it going, however, with a stat sheet stuffing 19-point, 11-rebound double-double that featured seven assists and a 4-of-8 showing from behind the three-point stripe. Cline's seven dimes paced Richmond, followed closely by ShawnDre' Jones six helpers to go with his 14 points. De'Monte Buckingham (16 points, 7-of-7 FG) and Khwan Fore (15 points, 6-of-9 FG) combined with Jones to give the Spiders 45 points on 21-of-29 shooting (.724) with 14 assists against five turnovers from the three-headed guard position.
GW was able to get to the free throw line effectively led by a perfect 11-of-11 combined effort from Cavanaugh (7-of-7) and Sina (4-of-4), and reached the goal of making more free throws (14) than Richmond attempted (5-of-11), but the charity stripe was the lone spot on the floor where the Spiders struggled. The Colonials also committed fewer turnovers (10) than the Spiders' 13 and translated that to a 20-13 edge in point off turnovers on the offensive end, while additionally having their bench outdo the visitors' reserves, 13-9. Freshmen Jair Bolden and Arnaldo Toro each threw in a half-dozen for GW.
Two road dates await the Colonials before they return home to host Duquesne on January 18th. First GW travels down I-95 on Wednesday to take on VCU at 6pm on ESPN2, followed by a 4:30pm tip-off at LaSalle a week from today on NBCSN in the fourth-straight nationally televised game for the Colonials.
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