Zeek & Creek Lift GW Men's Hoops to 80-74 Win at Manhattan
Creek Scores 24 Second-Half Points in Colonials' Comeback Win
Nov. 16, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - GW men's basketball erased a nine-point halftime deficit behind 59 combined points from Maurice Creek, Isaiah Armwood and Kevin Larsen for an 80-74 comeback victory at Manhattan on Saturday night.
Creek matched his career-high of five 3-pointers for the second straight game and finished with 27 points, Armwood added 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and Larsen recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 boards to help GW improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2009.
The trio helped offset a singular effort from Manhattan's (2-1) George Beamon, who finished with 34 points and nine rebounds in the Jaspers' home opener at Draddy Gymnasium.
Playing its first road game of the season, GW struggled through the opening 20 minutes to find itself trailing 39-30 at intermission. Despite 17 combined first-half points from Larsen (nine) and Armwood (eight), the Colonials surrendered 18 to Beamon and made just 6-of-14 foul shots to find themselves in a hole.
Larsen opened the second half with a three-point play to ignite the rally, then Creek fanned the flames to the tune of 24 second-half points to help GW complete the comeback. Creek scored seven during a 15-5 run out of the break that gave the Colonials their first lead, 45-44, since early in the first half.
The lead changed hands three times before Armwood put GW in front for good with a three-point play to make it 50-49 with 12:33 left. Creek followed with back-to-back three pointers to open a seven-point cushion at 56-49, then Armwood capped a 33-14 spurt with a dunk and three-point play for the Colonials' largest lead at 63-53 with 8:17 remaining.
The Jaspers kept it close with key threes and the play of Beamon, who scored 13 straight points to help Manhattan close within a possession in the final two minutes. A clutch running 10-footer off the glass from sophomore Kethan Savage and six late free throws from Creek iced the road victory for the Colonials.
GW shot 54 percent and limited Manhattan to 28 percent shooting en route to outscoring the hosts, 50-35, in the second half. The Colonials finished at 47 percent (25-53) for the game, including 40 percent (6-15) behind the arc, while the Jaspers closed at 40 percent (23-57) from the floor and 30 percent (9-30) from deep.
Both teams entered the game sporting double-figure rebound margins (GW +11, MC +10), but the Colonials came away with a 43-40 edge on the boards and 34-18 advantage in points in the paint.
GW returns to the Charles E. Smith Center this Tuesday, Nov. 19 to host Delaware State (1-2) for Dollar Dog Night - $1 hot dogs throughout the game - at 7 p.m.