GW Men's Hoops Surges in Second Half for #RevRivalry Win at Mason
Five Score in Double Figures as Colonials Improve to 16-3 Overall, 4-1 in A-10
Jan. 25, 2014
FAIRFAX, Va. - GW men's basketball had five players score in double figures for the fifth time this season to down George Mason, 75-69, in the teams' inaugural meeting in the Revolutionary Rivalry at Patriot Center on Saturday.
The victory is GW's fourth straight and improves the Colonials to 16-3 overall and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10. It also gives GW Athletics a 5-4 advantage over GMU in the year-long Revolutionary Rivalry series. The two teams will meet at the Charles E. Smith Center on Sunday, March 2 with another series point on the line in the battle for the Tri-Corner Hat Trophy.
Sophomores Joe McDonald and Kevin Larsen led GW with 14 points apiece, senior Isaiah Armwood added 12 points and graduate student Maurice Creek and sophomore Patricio Garino both scored 11 points. Creek dished out a career-high seven assists and McDonald added five as the Colonials assisted on 20-of-29 field goals for the game.
Behind the trio of McDonald, Armwood and Creek, GW shot a scorching 67 percent (18-27) in the second half to erase a 30-29 halftime deficit. McDonald scored all 14 of his points in the second half, while Armwood added 10 and Creek totaled nine points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals over the final 20 minutes.
The game featured 14 lead changes, including 11 in the first half and the final one coming on an Armwood jumper with 17:35 left. That shot ignited a 13-2 run that featured eight points from Armwood and five from McDonald to give the Colonials a double-digit lead, 47-37, at the 12:28 mark.
GMU managed to close within five, 51-46, at the midway point of the period, only to have GW pull away on the strength of a 15-4 spurt - with Creek accounting for four points and three assists - that produced the largest lead of the contest, 66-50, with 4:20 to play.
The Colonials cruised to their 11th win in 13 all-time meetings against the Patriots from that point, evening their Patriot Center record at 2-2.
Boosted by hot-shooting in the second half, GW finished at 54.7 percent (29-53) from the floor for the game, its third-best effort of the season, and improved to 14-0 this season when shooting better than 40 percent.
Johnny Williams finished with 18 points and seven rebounds and Jalen Jenkins added a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double to pace Mason (7-13, 0-6 A-10), which lost its seventh straight game. Williams and Jenkins combined for 20 first-half points, but neither made a second-half field goal until 3:39 remained in the game.
GW will look to stay unbeaten at the Smith Center this season (9-0) and win its 11th consecutive home game when it hosts La Salle on Wednesday. Tip-off for the SNY, Comcast SportsNet Plus and CampusInsiders.com broadcast is set for 7 p.m.