A lot of great plays led to GW's 24-win season in 2013-14
A look back at the best of the best
#1 - Mo Creek Leaves Maryland Shell Shocked
Maurice Creek's story of redemption - enduring through three major injuries during four years at Indiana - was well known in GW basketball circles early in the 2013-14 season.
After this shot to beat Maryland, 77-75, in the BB&T Classic, Creek became one of the best feel-good stories in all of college basketball and helped put the Colonials back in the national spotlight.
#2 - Kethan Savage Drops Hammer at Hofstra
Hundreds of GW students, alumni and fans came out to support the Colonials against Hofstra on Long Island in late December.
They weren't only rewarded with a victory that improved the team to 11-1, but also another Kethan Savage #POSTERIZED dunk that brought the pro-GW road crowd to its feet.
#3 - Kethan Savage Coast-to-Coast Steal & Slam
Kethan Savage appeared back at #13 on this countdown for a high-flying put-back dunk against UMBC...and we told you to stay tuned for more.
Oooh yeah, the Macho Man returns 10 spots later as he finished off a rout of the Retrievers with two more spectacular aerial displays, this time in one play!
#4 - Joe McDonald Takes Over for OT Win vs. Miami
Clutch plays were the story of GW's Thanksgiving trip to California for the Wooden Legacy, maybe none more clutch than those of Joe McDonald against Miami.
Trailing 59-57 in its final possession of regulation, McDonald hit a running bank shot with 4.9 seconds left to force overtime, then had a role in the Colonials' first eight points of the extra session, including the go-ahead three pointer, to clinch a confidence-building victory.
In GW's two wins at the Wooden Legacy, McDonald totaled nine points, four assists and a key steal in the combined final 155 seconds of regulation and overtime.
#5 - Kethan Savage #THUNDERJAM vs. VCU
Kethan Savage may have had just two baskets against preseason Atlantic 10 favorite VCU on Jan. 14, but one was just what GW needed.
Savage's drive past VCU's Briante Weber and vicious soaring #THUNDERJAM down the lane not only ignited the capacity crowd at Smith Center, but sparked a momentum-turning run and gave the Colonials the lead for good in a 76-66 victory over the Rams.
#6 - Rout of Fordham Starts With Opening Oop
When GW's all-time leading scorer Chris Monroe says "that's how we start the game," then it must be a pretty great play.
Fordham didn't know what hit it after Maurice Creek hooked up with Patricio Garino for this alley-oop #THUNDERJAM four seconds into GW's Homecoming game.
The Colonials went on to shoot 76 percent in the first half en route to a 23-point halftime lead and 93-67 rout of the Rams.
#7 - Zeek & Creek Show Takes Off vs. Delaware St.
Seven months before they took their talents across D.C. to work out for the Washington Wizards, the Zeek & Creek Show was helping to restore GW men's basketball's winning ways.
This spectacular play against Delaware State proved to be a signature sequence for the duo who would lead the Colonials back to national prominence.
#8 - KevLar Finishes Off Georgia With Flair
On Jan. 3, GW was seeking revenge from a previous season loss to the Southeastern Conference's Georgia Bulldogs.
Thanks to another well-balanced outing and highlighted by these spectacular late plays from Kevin Larsen, the Colonials scored a convincing 18-point victory over the Bulldogs, a team which went on to win 20 games, tied for second in the SEC and played in the 2014 Postseason NIT.
#9 - Clutch Colonials Close Out Creighton
After leading throughout much of its Wooden Legacy third-place game against No. 20/18 Creighton, GW found itself in its biggest deficit at 53-50 with less than two minutes to play.
All the Colonials did was make these three clutch plays and score the final 10 points of the game over the last 100 seconds to score their first Top 25 upset since 2005.
#10 - Zeek Gives Richmond Some Tips
In a 73-65 victory at Richmond on Feb. 18, GW held a commanding 45-33 rebounding advantage and 20-11 edge in second-chance points.
Isaiah Armwood set the tone with these two emphatic put-back #THUNDERJAMS that made the Robins Center and NBC Sports Network analyst Dalen Cuff say 'WHOA!'
#11 - #PatentedPato Steal & Finish in NCAAs
With 109 steals in two seasons at GW, 2014 A-10 All-Defensive Team selection Patricio Garino has made a name for himself as one of the country's premier defenders.
He showed off his prowess, and also his remarkable ability to turn steals into points, with this flash of brilliance to bring GW within a possession of the lead against Memphis in the NCAA Tournament.
#12 - Colonials Crash Glass to Stay Alive vs. Memphis
Playing in its 11th all-time NCAA Tournament and its first since 2007, GW found itself down double-digits midway through the second half of its second round matchup versus Memphis.
The Colonials took to the glass, grabbing as many offensive rebounds on this play as the Tigers did in the second half, to ignite all the Colonials in Raleigh's PNC Arena to a late rally.
#13 - Kethan Savage's Follow-Up Slam vs. UMBC
Sophomore Kethan Savage stuffed the stat sheet in GW's 74-61 win over UMBC at the Smith Center on Dec. 21.
Here's one of his game-high seven rebounds and two of his 15 points in put-back #THUNDERJAM fashion. He also added four steals in this game...stay tuned!
#14 - Pato & KevLar Dish Around Duquesne
GW assisted on an amazing 23 of its 26 field goals in a 71-57 victory over Duquesne on Feb. 5.
Sophomores Patricio Garino and Kevin Larsen recorded four assists apiece, including these two sweet second-half dimes that helped the Colonials improve to 11-0 at home.
#15 - KevLar Goes Coast-to-Coast for Steal & Slam
Although a 6-foot-10 forward, it was Kevin Larsen's versatility which helped him earn the Atlantic 10's Most Improved Player award in 2014.
Already on the countdown at #23 for his passing, he checks in again here with a steal and coast-to-coast slam in a 94-50 rout of Delaware State.
#16 - Savage Stuff Sparks Zeek's Tomahawk Jam
Kethan Savage and Isaiah 'Zeek' Armwood had identical stat lines of 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks against Maine on Nov. 12.
That link was further highlighted by this awesome late-game block-to-transition-slam sequence that gave the Colonials a 25-point lead en route to their most points in a game since 2001 with a 108-81 rout of the Black Bears.
#17 - Mo Creek Beats Buzzer to Bury Miami
Maurice Creek hit 80 three pointers during the 2013-14 season, the second-most in a single season in program history.
None may have been more important than this desperation overtime heave against Miami in the Wooden Legacy, a tournament which would signal to the nation that GW was one of the top teams in the country.
#18 - Mo Creek Christens Capitol Dome vs. Radford
When GW debuted its new court design at the Charles E. Smith Center, ESPN tweeted that "GW ballers will be able to drain threes from the Capitol building."
It only took one half in the debut game of the 100th season against Radford for that to happen as graduate student Maurice Creek kicked off his standout season with this halftime buzzer-beating bank three...from the Capitol Dome.
#19 - Savage Block Leads to KevLar Slam vs. BU
Kethan Savage was named the Player of the Game against Boston University on Dec. 11, 2013 and this play certainly helped him earn the honor.
One of his two blocks (along with career-high 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists) led to an outlet dunk by Kevin Larsen and helped the Colonials top the NIT-bound Terriers, 70-60.
#20 - Joe Mac - How'd He Do That?
Joe McDonald defied the odds all season by battling through injury to help guide GW back to the NCAA Tournament.
On this play against UMBC though, he seemed to defy gravity, twisting and contorting through the air for an acrobatic reverse layin that helped the Colonials knock off the Retrievers, 74-61, to match the program's second-best start in 60 years at 10-1.
#21 - #MoneyManja Cooks UMass in NYC
GW might have been the No. 3 seed for the 2014 A-10 Championship at Barclays Center, but it was facing a No. 6 UMass team that was the only opponent to deal the Colonials a loss in the Smith Center in 2013-14.
Senior Nemanja Mikic made his fourth and final go-round at A-10s count as he knocked down three first-half three pointers to give the Colonials a lead they'd never relinquish and avenge that earlier loss to the Minutemen for their first conference tourney win since 2007.
#22 - Mo #Cr333k's Heat Check vs. George Mason
In the first #RevRivalry game against new A-10 foe George Mason at the Smith Center on March 2, GW started slow and led by just two at the half.
Then Maurice Creek caught fire.
Creek knocked down three consecutive three pointers in a span of 80 seconds to start the second half, igniting his own 18-point second-half outburst and sparking the Colonials to a season sweep of the Patriots with a 66-58 win.
#23 - KevLar Finds Pato for Go-Ahead Score vs. St. Joe's
Our first regular-season play on the countdown comes from the home finale against Saint Joseph's on Wednesday, March 5.
A lot was riding on this game as the Hawks entered on a six-game win streak, while the Colonials were looking to cap a 14-1 home record and add a statement win to their NCAA Tournament résumé.
GW trailed by nine with 11 minutes to play, but used a 15-4 run to take the lead for good, a spurt capped by this Kevin Larsen dish through four SJU defenders for Patricio Garino's go-ahead three-point play.
#24 - Kethan Savage Posterizes Bowie State
Why start at #24? Because GW equaled the second-most wins in program history during its 100th season with a 24-9 final record.
Before the Colonials even played an official game though, Kethan Savage did this in an exhibition win over Bowie State, giving us a glimpse of what would be a breakout season for the sophomore.