GW Men's Hoops to Play #20 Creighton for Third in Wooden Legacy
arv GW (5-1) vs. #20 Creighton (5-1) | Sunday, Dec. 1 | Honda Center | 6:30 p.m. ET | ESPNU
Nov. 30, 2013
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (5-1)
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. - GW men's basketball faces its second straight nationally ranked opponent in the Wooden Legacy when it faces No. 20 Creighton in the third-place game on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The Colonials will face their second consecutive opponent from the Big East with the Bluejays after dropping a 76-60 decision to No. 25 Marquette in the semifinals on Friday.
GW committed single-digit turnovers (seven) for the second straight game and matched its season-high of nine blocks, 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) in the loss to Marquette.
Sophomore Kethan Savage led a trio of GW players in double figures with 16 points against the Golden Eagles, 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.
The guard trio has paced the Colonials through the Wooden Legacy so far with Creek averaging a team-high 14.5 points, Savage adding 13.5 points, and McDonald providing 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in the two games. Isaiah Armwood has anchored the post at 10.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks over two games.
GW reached the semifinals when it outscored Miami, 15-4, over the final 6:01 of regulation and overtime to post a thrilling 71-63 quarterfinal victory on Thursday. Joe McDonald, who was one of five GW players in double figures, forced overtime with a game-tying layin with 4.9 seconds left, then buried a three and found senior Isaiah Armwood for a dunk as GW made 5-of-6 shots and outscored Miami, 12-4, during the extra stanza for the eight-point win.
Creighton (5-1) slipped to the Wooden Legacy third-place game after dropping an 86-80 decision to San Diego State on Friday night. The Bluejays lost their first game of the season to the Aztecs despite 30 points from All-America forward Doug McDermott and 13 three-pointers while shooting 48 percent. McDermott leads Creighton at 27.8 points per game, including 28.5 in two Wooden Legacy contests.
GW will be seeking its first victory over a ranked opponent since a 78-70 triumph over No. 21 Maryland on Dec. 5, 2005.