GW Men's Hoops Topples #20 Creighton for Third at The Wooden Legacy
Four Score in Double Figures in Colonials First Top 20 Win Since 2004
Dec. 1, 2013
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Four players scored in double figures and GW men's basketball limited No. 20 Creighton's All-American Doug McDermott to seven points to score a 60-53 upset in the third-place game of the Wooden Legacy at Honda Center on Sunday.
The victory was GW's (6-1) first over a ranked opponent since 2005 (78-70 vs. #21 Maryland) and first win over a Top 20 opponent since 2004 (101-92 vs. #12 Maryland).
Sophomore Kevin Larsen led the Colonials with 14 points and six rebounds. Senior Isaiah Armwood and sophomore Joe McDonald added 12 points apiece, with Armwood recording a game-high four blocks and McDonald a game-high five assists. Sophomore Kethan Savage chipped in 10 points in just 15 minutes of action.
Armwood joined McDermott on the Wooden Legacy All-Tournament Team along with runner-up Marquette's Jamil Wilson, champion San Diego State's Josh Davis and MVP Xavier Thames.
Despite shooting just 39 percent, the Colonials' defensive game plan proved extremely effective in slowing the Bluejays' high-scoring offense. Creighton (5-2) entered averaging 89.3 points and having scored at least 80 in every game this season, but with varied defenses and Armwood's stellar effort against McDermott, who went 2-of-12 from the floor, GW allowed just 60 points on 34 percent shooting.
The Colonials scored the final 10 points of the game, posting its second comeback victory of the Wooden Legacy after surrendering a lead it owned for the bulk of the contest late in the second half.
GW led 32-24 at halftime after holding Creighton to 29.6 percent shooting in the first half. The Bluejays quickly narrowed their deficit to two to open the second half, then after six straight points from the Colonials, they used a 10-0 run to go ahead for the first time at 44-42 with 6:21 remaining. The teams traded the lead four times over the next three minutes before a Grant Gibbs dunk and Jahenns Manigat layup put the Bluejays in front 53-50 with 2:15 left.
The Colonials answered with the final 10 points of the game, regaining the lead on driving layups from McDonald and Larsen at the 1:40 and 1:05 marks, then clinching the victory with six late free throws. The Bluejays had a chance to regain the lead in the final minute after Larsen's go-ahead basket, but the Colonials held defensively as Armwood blocked his fourth shot of the game and McDonald stripped the ball as Creek came away with a steal.
Ethan Wragge led the Bluejays with 16 points and nine rebounds, including three 3-pointers and 11 points to lead the second-half rally. Gibbs was the only other Creighton player in double digits with 12 points.
The Colonials forced 13 turnovers and enjoyed a 17-4 advantage in points off turnovers. GW committed just 10 turnovers, finishing the three-game Wooden Legacy with just 23 combined miscues, including a tournament record-low six in the quarterfinal victory over Miami (Fla.).
GW returns to the Charles E. Smith Center this Wednesday, Dec. 4 to host Rutgers in the annual BUFF OUT game. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m., and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and SNY.