Creek's Game-Winner Sends GW Men's Hoops to 77-75 Win Over Maryland
Graduate Student Scores Game-High 25 Points as GW Improves to 8-1
Dec. 8, 2013
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WASHINGTON - Maurice Creek buried a step-back jumper with 0.6 seconds left to lift the GW men's basketball team to a 77-75 victory over Maryland in the 19th annual BB&T Classic at Verizon Center on Sunday.
The victory moves GW's record to 8-1, which matches the team's best start since also beginning the 2005-06 season with eight wins in nine games. The win evens the Colonials' record against the Terrapins at the BB&T Classic at 5-5, including five of the last eight meetings dating to 1997, and is Coach Mike Lonergan's first against Maryland, with whom he served as an assistant coach on Gary Williams' staff during the 2004-05 season.
It didn't seem as though Creek's clutch shot would be needed as GW led by double figures throughout much of the contest, including 68-54 with 5:17 remaining. Maryland's (5-4) lone lead came at 7-6 just 2:43 into the game, but Creek hit three 3-pointers and scored 12 points to help GW swing in front 41-29 at the half.
The Colonials' advantage was trimmed to seven before Creek scored six during a 12-5 run to push the margin back to 14 at 66-52 with 7:49 to play.
Maryland got a three pointer from Varun Ram with 4:58 left that ignited a furious rally. The Terrapins enjoyed a 19-5 run to knot the game for the first time at 73-73 with 1:07 to play.
Creek came away with a steal and converted two foul shots with 29 seconds left for a brief 75-73 advantage, but Maryland's Roddy Peters answered with a pair at the line to tie the game again with 20 ticks on the clock.
GW broke the pressure and called a 30-second timeout with 8.1 seconds left. Creek asked for the ball in the huddle, took the inbound pass in the backcourt, drove left on Maryland's Nick Faust before stepping back just inside the three-point line and swished the biggest shot of his reborn college basketball career.
Creek finished with a game-high 25 points in a career-high 36 minutes to lead four Colonials in double figures. Sophomore Kethan Savage added 14 points and four steals, senior Isaiah Armwood posted his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 boards, and sophomore Joe McDonald flirted with a triple-double for the second straight game with 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as well as four steals.
Dez Wells led four double-digit scorers for Maryland with 16 points, but fouled out with 6:09 to play. Jake Layman scored 13 and Evan Smotrycz and Peters both finished with 11.
GW returns home to Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday to host Boston University at 7 p.m. The contest will be televised throughout much of the Northeast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, SNY and NESN.