Men's Basketball Falls at Davidson, 74-63
Bolden, Cavanaugh tally 15 apiece
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- After shutting down one of the nation's premier scoring duos in St. Bonaventure's Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley last Saturday, the GW men's basketball team traveled to Davidson on Wednesday to face an even higher scoring combo in Jack Gibbs and Peyton Aldridge.
Despite limiting Gibbs to a 6-of-16 night and holding the Wildcats to 41 percent shooting as a team, Aldridge poured in 27 points and Gibbs found his way to 21 to hand the Colonials a 74-63 defeat at John M. Belk Arena.
Jair Bolden connected on 6-of-11 shots, including 3-of-5 from three point range, to finish one shy of his career high with 15 points. A game after setting his career best with 33 points in the win over St. Bonaventure, Tyler Cavanaugh also added 15 but faced double teams throughout and was limited to 4-of-14 shooting. Yuta Watanabe added 10 points while being tasked with guarding Gibbs throughout, and Patrick Steeves had 10 off the bench.
Trailing by just three at halftime in the back-and-forth affair, 37-34, the Colonials quickly knotted the game at 39-39 five minutes into the second stanza. A Steeves offensive rebound and putback at the 14:38 mark gave GW its first lead of the second half at 41-39, but Davidson rallied with an 11-2 run. Freshman Jair Bolden stopped the spurt with a three to close to 50-46, but Davidson's duo of Aldridge and Gibbs proved to be too much to overcome.
Davidson made 17-of-20 as a team from the line to counter a 25-of-61 performance from the field, with Gibbs sinking 7-of-8 freebies. GW finished 23-of-60 from the field and 7-of-22 from three-point range (.318) after entering the contest second in the league in three-point shooting in conference games at 39.2 percent. Cavanaugh just missed double-doubling for the fourth straight game with his team-high nine rebounds, while Jaren Sina was able to generate some offense with six assists against zero turnovers, despite not scoring on his own.
With the defeat GW stands at 13-13 on the season including a 5-8 mark in league play to currently match the preseason poll of A-10 coaches which put the Colonials in ninth place. GW will look to bounce back Sunday at Duquesne on NBCSN at noon, after previously handing the Dukes a 65-63 defeat at the Smith Center last month. Duquesne will enter with a 3-10 mark in conference games.
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