GW Men's Hoops Pulls Away Late for Road Win at St. Bona
Creek, Larsen and Savage Combine for 53 Points in 79-71 Victory
Jan. 18, 2014
GW, which handed St. Bonaventure (11-7, 1-3 A-10) its first loss in eight games at the Reilly Center this season, won its third straight game to improve to 15-3 overall and 3-1 in the Atlantic 10.
Creek made five 3-pointers, including four in the second half, to lead all scorers with 21 points, Savage filled the statsheet with 17 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds, and Larsen finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Joe McDonald chipped in nine points and game-high six assists, and senior Nemanja Mikic netted eight points off the bench.
GW trailed 30-29 at halftime, but shot 58 percent, including 5-of-8 behind the arc, and received 14 second-half points from Creek, 13 from Larsen and 12 from Savage to emerge victorious in front of a near-capacity 5,160 at the Reilly Center.
The teams traded the lead eight times through the opening six minutes of the second half, with SBU taking a 40-37 advantage with 13:50 remaining. GW went on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes, aided by a pair of Creek threes, to go ahead for good. The Colonials held the Bonnies without a field goal for nearly seven minutes as the run extended to 16-4 for a 53-44 lead with 7:47 to play.
Consecutive three-point possessions got the Bonnies within 57-52, but a pair of Savage free throws and a clutch corner triple from McDonald opened up a 62-52 lead for the Colonials. Andell Cumberbatch, who led SBU with 15 points, hit his third triple to close within seven only to have Creek bury his final three and Savage convert a three-point play during a 9-2 run that gave GW its largest lead, 73-59, and put the game away.
Youssou Ndoye had 14 points, while Jordan Gathers and Dion Wright added 12 and 11, respectively, off the bench to aid Cumberbatch and the Bonnies.
GW has a week off before visiting George Mason next Saturday, Jan. 25 in the first of two Revolutionary Rivalry games this season. The contest will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network at 12 p.m., and GW Alumni will host a pre-game reception at 10 a.m., at the Mason Inn and Conference Center. Click here for reception and transportation details.