GW Men's Hoops Comes Back for 69-58 Win at Hofstra
Colonials Outscore Pride, 40-24, in Second Half to Improve to 11-1
Dec. 28, 2013
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - GW men's basketball outscored Hofstra, 40-24, in the second half en route to a 69-58 victory on Saturday at the Mack Sports Complex to improve to 11-1 on the season.
A large contingent of GW alumni, students and fans from the New York City metro area were among the 1,869 in attendance who witnessed the Colonials match the 1931-32 and 1947-48 teams for the fifth-best start in the program's 100 season history at 11-1. It was also GW's sixth consecutive victory, its longest win streak since capturing eight straight in the Colonials' last NCAA Tournament season in 2006-07.
Graduate student Maurice Creek scored 15 of his game-high tying 17 points in the second half to help ignite the Colonials' rally after they trailed 32-29 at halftime. Sophomores Kevin Larsen and Kethan Savage also reached double-figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively, while senior Isaiah Armwood totaled nine points and three blocks on his birthday.
There were six ties and four lead changes in the first half, but Creek scored 10 points during a 15-3 run that turned the Colonials' three-point halftime deficit into a 44-35 edge just 2:40 into the second half. Savage punctuated the fast start out of the locker room with a highlight-reel dunk and his second 3-point play of the period for a 49-38 advantage at the first media timeout of the second half.
Hofstra (3-8) got within single-digits just three more times the rest of the afternoon, the last on a Dion Nesmith jumper with 10:45 remaining that trimmed GW's lead to 53-44. The Colonials used a late 10-4 run - sparked by a Nemanja Mikic three and Joe McDonald steal and fast-break layin - for their largest lead at 69-53 with 1:24 to play.
Nesmith led the Pride with 17 points and five assists, while Zeke Upshaw and Darren Payen also hit double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
GW shot better than 50 percent (51.5%, 24-47) from the field for the sixth time this season and made at least half its shots behind the arc (50%, 8-16) for the fifth time this year, including 14-of-26 from the field and 4-of-6 from behind the arc in the second half.
Despite getting outrebounded for just the third time this season, the Colonials still enjoyed a significant advantage in points in the paint (32-18), as well as points off turnovers (23-14) and fast-break points (10-0).
GW plays its third and final non-conference road game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 31 against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. The game will be televised in the D.C. metro area on MASN2 and on a number of regional Fox Sports affiliates at 3 p.m. ET.