GW Men's Hoops Crushes Charlotte, 82-54, for Third Straight A-10 Win

Freshman Patricio Garino went 6-of-6 from the field with two three-pointers en route to a team-high 16 points in Saturday's 82-54 rout of Charlotte.

Jan. 26, 2013

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WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball built a double-digit lead by the second media timeout and cruised to an 82-54 thrashing of Atlantic 10 co-leader Charlotte at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday.

The victory was GW's (10-9, 4-2 A-10) third straight conference win and seventh consecutive home victory over Charlotte (16-4, 4-2 A-10), which began the day tied with Xavier and VCU atop the A-10 standings.

The triumph also moved GW coach Mike Lonergan, who donned sneakers with his suit for Coaches vs. Cancer's Suits and Sneakers weekend, within three wins of his 400th career victory (397-186).

Freshman Patricio Garino made 6-of-6 shots, including a pair of three-pointers, and led the Colonials with 16 points and a game-high four steals. Senior reserves Lasan Kromah and Bryan Bynes each scored 12 points, seniors Isaiah Armwood and Dwayne Smith added nine points apiece, and rookie Joe McDonald finished with eight points. Armwood matched the game-high with eight rebounds, while McDonald and Bynes combined for nine assists and just three turnovers.

The Colonials limited the 49ers to 31.6 percent shooting, including an 0-for-11 three-point effort in the second half, and just six assists while forcing 17 turnovers. GW also torched the A-10's leading field-goal percentage defense for 53.2 percent shooting (25-47), marking the first time this season a Charlotte opponent shot better than 50 percent.

Charlotte's DeMario Mayfield, who finished with a game-high 17 points, opened the scoring 2:10 into the game, but freshman Kethan Savage answered with a basket followed by a Garino three-point play and GW never trailed again.

Bynes made back-to-back shots to give the Colonials a double-digit cushion at 17-7 by the 11:41 mark of the first half and the 49ers would get no closer than seven the rest of the afternoon. GW shot nearly 58 percent (15-26) while limiting Charlotte to 36.7 percent (11-30) in the first half for a 35-27 advantage at the break.

The second half was plagued by fouls as both teams reached the bonus before the under-12 media timeout, but the Colonials managed to maintain an 8-to-12 point margin before putting the game away over the final 10 minutes.

Charlotte's Chris Braswell, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half, went to the bench with his fourth foul with 10:53 left and his team trailing 53-42. GW took control with a 29-10 run - including a stretch of 13 straight points punctuated by a Bynes three-pointer and Garino fast-break dunk - to surge to its largest lead at 82-52 with 54 seconds remaining.

The Colonials posted a 43-10 edge in bench points and have now outscored their six A-10 opponents 181-67 off the bench. GW also improved to 10-4 this season when outrebounding its opponent with a 40-27 edge on the glass.

GW has a week off until its next game on Saturday, Feb. 2 against La Salle at the Smith Center. That game can be viewed live on and heard live on and 1500/820 AM.

GW Extends Streak to Three with 82-54 win Over Charlotte

GW took down the top team in the Atlantic 10 with a dominant 82-54 win over the Charlotte 49ers. Raise High!

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We have a few future Colonials in the building today #RaiseHighFans @GWGeorge Young
His first GW game! #raisehigh Russell
RT @trentonianozzy: First game at Smith Center in 14 years #alum #classof99 #RaiseHigh Nero
So close to the basketball court that I don't even need my glasses to see faces #foureyesJacquie Bigot
#GWBB let's go! @_JTBaker @LukeDickinson @DJBabs @abemedoff +1 are here to cheer on against Charlotte #RaiseHighStephen Ryan
4 Freshmen starters for GW: Savage, Garino, Larsen, McDonald & Armwood. For Charlotte: Mayfield, Williams, Henry, Clayton, Braswell. #A10MBBGW Men's Basketball
What a great start #RaiseHighW. Hunter Patterson
Such an awesome atmosphere in Smith so far! #RaiseHighYogin Kothari
Colonial brass playing rocky theme #smithcenter #raisehighSridhar Burugapalli
.@MikeLonergan & staff honoring @CoachesvCancer's #SuitsAndSneakers weekend today vs. Charlotte Men's Basketball
@mikelonergan Thanks so much for supporting #SuitsAndSneakers weekend. Can't wait to see your photos!Coaches vs Cancer
Quite the halftime performance from the CMI Kidz! @GW_MBB leads at half 35-27. #RaiseHigh Washington
We want to be CMI kidzz!!! #raisehigh vaniderstine
.#raisehigh at the @gwtweets game with @mallory_t #GW up by 7 pts at halftimeJohn-Carlos Estrada
RT @_JTBaker: The only cure is more #KevLar #RaiseHighStephen Ryan
WE CRAZY COLONIALS. @kaybree246 #RaiseHigh Mangione
Big fist pump from Mikic as his 3ball, which has been frustrating at times this year, falls. Gotta love it. #raisehigh #gwbbAlex Byers
PATTY G with the #OMGDUNX #gwbb #raisehighDarbi Bradley
"You've been Garino-ed!" Should become a thing. Thanks to @endritdemi #RaiseHighAndy Fromknecht
Make that a 21-point lead on a Bynes 3-pointer!!!!! GW lead up to 71-50 on Charlotte with 5:10 to play! #A10MBB #RaiseHighGW Men's Basketball
Look at those GW boys putting in work! #RaiseHighMH
Dwayne Smith just sent some #omgblox right at @bkerr32's broadcast. #yikes #RaiseHighGeorge Washington
Go GW!! #RaiseHigh Charlotte is done. Barley
These Charlotte fans clearly haven't seen the scoreboard. Talking trash and yet they're down by 14 with 8 minutes left. Lets go #GWBB!!Yogin Kothari
.@eamonnbrennan GW up 25 on Charlotte. So dead last in your A-10 rankings next week? #RaiseHigh #GWUMarc Abanto
This is now a statement game @MikeLonergan is not taking his foot off the gas pedal here. #RaiseHighAndy Fromknecht
Dwayne Smith is really having a breakout season for @GW_MBB . Do we have to let him graduate? #victorylap #gwbb #raisehighDarbi Bradley
Final from the Smith Center: GW 82, Charlotte 54. #A10MBB #RAISEHIGHGW Men's Basketball
Colonials are now 10-9, 4-2 in the Atlantic 10. That's three in a row for GW.Patrick Stevens
Nothing like watching GW win by 28!! #RaiseHighTyler Calder
Garino named Player of the Game with 16 pts., 3 assists and 4 steals in 23 min. Went a perfect 6-6 from the field, 2-2 from the stripe.GW Men's Basketball
Statement win from @GW_MBB #RaiseHighTaylor Jaszewski
GW starting to look like the surprise team in the A 10. Colonials rout Charlotte 82-54. Great future ahead for Mike Lonergan in DC.Jon Rothstein
GW beats Charlotte 82-54, moves within half game of first in Atlantic 10. Biggest win since Mike Lonergan became coach I'd say.Gene Wang
Most complete victory of season by @GW_MBB #raisehighByron Kerr
GW wins by 28! #RaiseHigh Narla
Holy moly. RT @JaredKotler: @TroyMachir how about showing some love for @GW_MBB after their 28 pt win over Charlotte?!Troy Machir
Yessss GWMBB great game!! #RaiseHighKaterina Kariolis
GWU taking down the A10 #1 Charlotte in epic proportions #nosleeptilbrooklyn #raisehighThe Twins
Certainly in my four years! "@byersalex: Best #gwbb performance in how many years? #raisehigh"Justin Kits
Glad to see @GW_MBB rebuilding and winning! #RaiseHigh #gwu #bleedbuff&blue Great job to @GW_AD and the athletic department!Stephen Rutgers
Lots & @GWAlumni President Jim Core even hung out in the @GWColonialArmy section! @GWAlumni: Any alumni at the #GWBB game? #gwu #RaiseHighPeter Konwerski
Have really enjoyed watching this @GW_MBB team during its recent run. #GoColonialsGo #RaiseHighKel McDowell
Great game, great crowd, great day!!! #RaiseHigh #nosleeptilbrooklynGW First Ladies
I think ESPN's Brennan will rank GW last in his conference rankings after this one...just for funzies #RaiseHighFred



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