GW Men's Hoops Wins 20th With 73-65 Victory at Richmond
Five Score in Double Figures to Lift Colonials to First 20-Win Season Since 2007
Feb. 18, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. - GW men's basketball put five scorers in double figures for the sixth time this season to earn an important Atlantic 10 road victory at Richmond, 73-65, on Tuesday night.
The victory improves GW to 20-6 overall for its first 20-win season since 2006-07, and into fourth in the A-10 standings at 8-4. It also gives Coach Mike Lonergan his 13th career 20-win season in 21 years as a head coach.
Graduate student Maurice Creek came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points, including 12 in the second half. Sophomore Joe McDonald netted 10 of his 14 points over the final 7:58 to help the Colonials secure the critical road victory.
Senior Isaiah Armwood and sophomore Kevin Larsen combined for 25 points and 22 rebounds to help GW dominate the boards, 45-33, and post a 20-11 edge in second-chance points. Larsen finished with 11 points and career-high tying 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, while classmate Patricio Garino scored in double digits for the eighth straight game and 12th time in 13 games with 10 points.
GW trailed 29-28 at halftime after shooting just 31 percent and recording one assist against seven turnovers in the first half. However, the Colonials committed just one giveaway and made half of their shots, including 4-of-7 behind the arc, in the second half to come away with their 60th win in 91 all-time meetings against the Spiders.
Four of the game's eight ties and five of its 14 lead changes came over the final 12:13 after senior Nemanja Mikic hit a three-pointer to pull GW even at 43-43. That was one of six three-point possessions in the second half for the Colonials with Creek providing the final lead change via his third triple for a 60-58 lead with 4:37 to play.
Kendall Anthony hit a floater for the final tie at 60-60 on UR's next possession, but McDonald made a pair of clutch baskets on GW's next two offensive trips to take the lead for good. Creek banked in a floater to offset ShawnDre' Jones' fifth 3-pointer before the Colonials made 7-of-8 foul shots down the stretch to clinch the victory.
Reserve Jones tallied 18 of his career-high 25 points in the second half to lead Richmond (17-9, 7-4), which had just five players score. Terry Allen added 16 points as well as nine rebounds to give the Spiders 41 points off the bench, while Anthony, who entered averaging a league-best 20 points in A-10 play, finished with 14.
GW next travels to St. Louis, Mo., on Saturday to face A-10 leader No. 10 Saint Louis at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, SNY and CampusInsiders.com, and will feature a GW Alumni pre-game reception at Six Row Brewing Company at 5:30 p.m. CT