GW Men's Hoops Falls to Alumnus Mike Brey ('82) and Notre Dame, 65-48
Isaiah Armwood Paces Colonials Offense with 12 Points
Nov. 21, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Senior forward Isaiah Armwood scored a team-high 12 points, but George Washington men's basketball shot just 33 percent and surrendered 40 points in the paint in a 65-48 loss at Notre Dame on Wednesday evening.
GW (1-2) had a hard time inside and in transition in its first-ever meeting against Notre Dame (4-1). The Colonials were outscored 40-28 in the paint, 18-2 on points off turnovers and 10-2 in fast-break points.
The victory improved the Fighting Irish to 38-1 in their last 39 games at Purcell Pavilion and 43-0 in the month of November under coach Mike Brey, who in his post-game press conference donned a George Washington jersey bearing the No. 15 he wore in his lone season with the Colonials before graduating from the university in 1982.
Armwood converted 6-of-15 shots and grabbed five rebounds in 29 minutes, but was the lone Colonials' player to warm-up offensively. GW's other four starters went a combined 9-of-28 from the field as the team finished at 32.8 percent (22-67) for the night.
Notre Dame center Garrick Sherman was the key inside force, scoring 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting in just 18 minutes off the bench, as the hosts shot 48 percent (28-58) and assisted 20-of-28 baskets. Jerian Grant scored 12 of his 13 by halftime to help the Fighting Irish build a sizable first-half cushion.
GW converted just 9-of-34 field goals (26.5 percent) over the opening 20 minutes, compared to 14-of-29 for Notre Dame, to trail 32-21 at the intermission. Armwood led the way with six points and five rebounds at the break, but the Colonials had a difficult time keeping tabs on Grant and Sherman, who scored 12 points apiece on combined 10-of-16 shooting to pace the Fighting Irish.
Freshman Patricio Garino scored the opening basket on a dish from classmate Joe McDonald, but UND steadily built its way to a 28-15 advantage with 6:20 left in the half. GW had several opportunities to close within two possessions of the lead, but failed to convert any of UND's seven turnovers into points in the first half.
After falling behind 40-23 early in the second half, GW mounted a charge behind its only basket off a UND turnover when Armwood converted a Garino steal, then Kromah scored consecutive baskets to trim the deficit to 42-33 with 13:05 to play.
However, Irish guard Pat Connaughton answered with a three-pointer and the Colonials failed to close within single-digits again. The final highlight of GW's night came from a thunderous two-handed dunk from Armwood via an out-of-bounds lob pass from McDonald with 7:10 remaining.
The Colonials return to the hardwood this Saturday at home when Hofstra (3-3) pays a visit to the Charles E. Smith Center at 2:00 pm.