GW Men's Hoops Drops Wooden Legacy Semi to No. 25 Marquette, 76-60
Colonials to Play in Wooden Legacy Third-Place Game on Sunday
Nov. 29, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif. - GW men's basketball attempted to rally in the second half, but couldn't overcome a 21-point halftime deficit as the Colonials fell to No. 25 Marquette, 76-60, in a DIRECTV Wooden Legacy semifinal at Titan Gym on Friday afternoon.
GW's (5-1) first loss of the season sends it to the Wooden Legacy third-place game on Sunday at the Honda Center in Anaheim against No. 20 Creighton following its 86-80 loss to San Diego State. The GW/Creighton contest will tip at 6:30 p.m. ET and be nationally televised on ESPNU.
GW committed single-digit turnovers (seven) for the second straight game and matched its season-high of nine blocks (Larsen 3; Armwood, Creek, Kopriva 2), but was hampered by its worst shooting of the young season at 33 percent (20-60) overall and 21 percent behind the three-point arc (4-19).
Sophomore Kethan Savage led a trio of GW players in double figures with 16 points, including 11 in the second half. Graduate student Maurice Creek added 14 points and sophomore Joe McDonald provided 12 points, 10 in the second half, and game-highs of four assists and three steals.
GW fell behind 46-25 at intermission as Marquette (5-2) bombed away from behind the three-point arc, burying 7-of-11 threes in the first half, and limited the Colonials to 29 percent shooting (8-28), including 1-of-7 from deep.
Creek and McDonald combined for GW's first 12 points of the second half to spark a 12-3 run over the opening 3:59 of the period to narrow the deficit to 49-37.
The Colonials would close within a dozen on three more occasions, but the Golden Eagles had an answer each time, mainly from the duo of Derrick Wilson and Davante Gardner. Wilson scored all 11 of his points in the second half and Gardner added six of his game-high 20 points in the period to keep GW from getting within single digits.
Gardner finished with 20 points and nine rebounds to lead all players, while teammate Juan Anderson flirted with a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Jake Thomas was the fourth Marquette player in double figures with 13 points, nine in the first half.
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