Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Men's Basketball: GW 69 La Salle 47

GW introduces La Salle to its 1-3-1 zone defense

From our friends at GW Athletics Communications...

GW Men's Hoops Blasts La Salle for Fifth Straight A-10 Win

Colonials Deliver Staunch Defensive Effort to Cruise to 69-47 Victory

GW men's basketball posted its best defensive effort of the season, limiting La Salle to 27 percent shooting in a 69-47 romp in Atlantic 10 action at the Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday night.

GW (17-3, 5-1 A-10) stayed perfect at home (10-0) this season and extended its Smith Center win streak to 11 games by holding La Salle (11-9, 3-3 A-10) to its lowest offensive output of the season. The 47 points, 15 field goals and 27.3 percent shooting were also the lowest allowed by the Colonials this year.

Meet Kevin Larsen, GW's new "point guard"

The Colonials put four players in double-digit scoring for the ninth time this season, led by senior Isaiah Armwood's sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and career-high tying 14 rebounds. Sophomore Kevin Larsen added 15 points and eight rebounds, graduate student Maurice Creek also had 15 points powered by three 3-pointers, and sophomore Patricio Garino chipped in 10 points and seven boards.

Armwood went to work early, scoring 12 of his 16 points before the mid-point of the first half as GW and La Salle battled through five ties, the last on Tyreek Duren's fast-break layin that brought the Explorers even, 19-19, with 8:01 before halftime.

Maurice Creek scored 15 points with 3 assists

GW went on a game-changing 19-0 run from that point, holding La Salle without a point for nearly seven-and-a-half minutes en route to a 38-23 advantage at intermission. Garino and Larsen both scored six points and Creek buried his second triple of the half during the momentum-turning spurt.

The Explorers closed within 40-28 early in the second half, but that's as close as they would get as the Colonials' 1-3-1 zone defense flummoxed the visitors for the remainder of the contest. GW didn't allow a point for another six-and-a-half minutes and used a 10-0 run for a 50-28 lead with 13:44 left.

GW held La Salle to 27.3% shooting for the game

Junior John Kopriva provided key baskets off the bench, and Creek converted a pair of timely jumpers to help the Colonials maintain a sizable cushion, avenge their lone league loss and end a five-game skid against the Explorers.

The Colonials went 11-of-21 from the field in each half to finish at 52.4 percent for the game, improving to 15-0 when shooting 40 percent or better this season. GW also moved to 12-1 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, posting a 42-30 edge on the boards with a combined 29 rebounds from Armwood, Larsen and Garino.

Joe McDonald (#22) was injured in the first half

GW will go for its sixth straight A-10 win on Saturday when it visits Dayton at 12:30 p.m., for a national NBCSN broadcast.