Shorthanded GW Men's Hoops Falls at Dayton, 75-65
Armwood, Larsen Post Double-Doubles as Colonials' Five-Game A-10 Win Streak Ends
Feb. 1, 2014
DAYTON, Ohio - Isaiah Armwood, Kevin Larsen and Patricio Garino combined for 52 points, but it wasn't enough for GW men's basketball to overcome the absence of key starters in a 75-65 loss at Dayton on Saturday.
Already missing guard Kethan Savage due to a foot fracture, GW (17-4, 5-2 A-10) also played without starting point guard Joe McDonald (hip) and leading scorer Maurice Creek (illness), but managed to close within 60-53 with five minutes to play behind the trio of Armwood, Larsen and Garino.
Armwood recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Larsen posted his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 boards, and Garino added 19 points, three 3-pointers and six rebounds to pace the Colonials.
Dayton (14-8, 2-5 A-10) built a double-digit advantage early in each half behind hot perimeter shooting, and GW fought back to within single digits both times. The Colonials trailed by 13 in the first half after five Flyer three-pointers, but managed to climb within 38-29 at intermission. UD responded with four triples in the second half to open a 17-point edge, only to have GW use an 18-8 run to cut the deficit to 60-53 with 5:05 remaining.
However, the Flyers used an 8-0 run to go ahead 68-53 with 2:15 left and the shorthanded Colonials would get no closer than eight in the final minutes.
The loss snapped GW's five-game conference win streak and was the team's first when shooting better than 40 percent this season (15-1). The Colonials shot 43 percent (25-58), with the trio of Armwood, Larsen and Garino combining to make 20-of-38 shots.
Freshman point guard Miguel Cartagena dished out a game- and career-high seven assists against just one turnover in 33 minutes in his first collegiate start at GW.
Devin Oliver led the Flyers with 17 points and nine rebounds, starters Jordan Sibert and Khari Price scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, and Vee Sanford added 13 points off the bench. Dayton shot 45 percent (24-53), including 9-of-21 behind the arc, and converted 18-of-21 free throws to snap a four-game skid and win its sixth straight over GW at UD Arena.
GW will test its undefeated 10-0 home record and 11-game win streak at the Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday against Duquesne at 7 p.m. The game will be live streamed for free on GWsports.com's RaiseHigh Live.