No. 23/17 Air Force Tops George Washington, 66-52
Diggs scores 16 points for the Colonials; Elliott adds 12.
Dec. 29, 2006
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jacob Burtschi scored 21 points and Dan Nwaelele scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help No. 23/17 Air Force beat George Washington 66-52 in the first round of the Cable Car Classic on Thursday night.
Matt McCraw, in his second game back from an ankle injury, added 14 points as the Falcons (12-1) won their eighth straight.
"That is probably the most disciplined, well-balanced team I've coached against," George Washington coach Karl Hobbs said. "I'm just happy it's over. Now we can go back to playing our style. You almost have to have a separate game plan for them."
Neither team had played in a while. George Washington last played on Dec. 12 while Air Force has been inactive since Dec. 13. The Falcons had their Dec. 23rd game at Northern Colorado canceled because of the recent storms in the area.
Air Force, which will meet Santa Clara in Friday's championship game, made 11 of 25 3-pointers against the Colonials. It was the 10th time that it had attempted at least 22 3s and the sixth occasion it connected on 10 or more from behind the arc.
"Coach tells us not to shy away from the basket," Nwaelele said. "If we're open, we shoot it. We all have confidence on this team."
The Falcons hit four quick baskets to open the second half, scoring 10 unanswered points for a 40-31 lead. Relying on a steady stream of 3-pointers, Air Force maintained its advantage although the Colonials were within eight points entering the final 5 minutes.
"I thought we played to our advantages in the first half," Hobbs said. "We weren't able to maintain that level of focus. I thought we lost the game in the first 5 minutes of the second half. Against them, when you make a mistake, they capitalize on it at the other end."
Air Force, the nation's most accurate shooting team, made its first six shots en route to a 16-8 lead but the Colonials led, 31-30, at the break. It was only the second time all season that Air Force had trailed at halftime. They also trailed Duke at halftime in their only loss of the season.
"We were a little bit more solid, a little better in every area in the second half," Air Force coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "We found a way. George Washington is having a great year. This was a quality win."
@GW_MBB Welcomes Back Alumni
The GW men's basketball team welcomed back a number of alumni to practice on Saturday, Oct. 1
The GW men's basketball team has been hard at work preparing for the 2016-17 season
GW Names Maurice Joseph Interim Head Coach of Men's Basketball
The George Washington University announced today that Maurice Joseph has been named Interim Head Coach of the men's basketball team.
GW Men's Basketball Announces 2016-17 Schedule
The GW men's basketball team on Tuesday unveiled its 2016-17 schedule and it includes a minimum of 17 nationally televised games
@GW_MBB Concludes Japan Tour with 82-58 rout of Ryukyu Kings
The GW men's basketball team wrapped up its tour of Japan with an 82-58 rout of the Ryukyu Golden Kings Sunday afternoon at the Okinawa City Gymnasium
GW Finishes 3-0 vs. Japan with 75-47 Win
The GW men's basketball team completed a three-game sweep of the Japan National Team with a 75-47 victory Friday night in Hamamatsu Arena.
Watanabe, Cavanaugh Lead GW Men's Basketball Past Japan
Yuta Watanabe scored 19 and Tyler Cavanaugh had 23 as GW men's basketball defeated Japan, 77-71 on Tuesday evening in Tokyo
GW Men's Basketball Defeats Japan, 81-66
Playing in front of his home fans for the first time in three years, Yuta Watanabe scored 15 points for the George Washington men's basketball team as it...