Sunday, November 9, 2014

Men's Basketball: GW 89 Bloomsburg 47

Junior Kethan Savage slams it home

From our friends at GW Athletics...

GW Men's Hoops Routs Bloomsburg, 89-47, in Exhibition

Six Colonials score in double figures in tune-up for Friday's season debut

Six players scored in double figures, led by junior Patricio Garino's game-high 16 points, as the George Washington men's basketball team rolled past Bloomsburg, 89-47, in exhibition action at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Colonials shot 66 percent (35-53) from the field, including better than 71 percent (15-21) in the second half, and assisted on 24-of-35 baskets.

Patricio Garino led all players with 16 points

Joining Garino in double-digit scoring was classmate Kevin Larsen and freshman Darian Bryant with 13 points apiece, freshman Yuta Watanabe with 12, senior John Kopriva with 11 and junior Kethan Savage with 10.

Head Coach Mike Lonergan

GW dominated the glass, out-rebounding Bloomsburg, 51-27, with freshman Matt Cimino grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds off the bench, Watanabe adding eight and Kopriva chipping in seven. Junior Joe McDonald dished out a game-high six assists, followed by Larsen's five, while Garino recorded a team-best three steals.

Center Kevin Larsen (13 points, 5 assists)

The Colonials also enjoyed commanding advantages in points in the paint (60-18) and fast-break points (24-2).

Freshman Matt Cimino led all players with 10 rebounds

Garino connected with Savage for an alley-oop dunk four seconds after tipoff, but the teams traded the lead six times before GW went ahead for good on a pair of Larsen free throws that made it 8-7 just over four minutes into the game.

Frosh Anthony Swan scores his first 2 points

Freshmen then scored the next six baskets for the Colonials, capped by an Anthony Swan three pointer, to make it 21-10 midway through the half. Larsen followed with a three-point play, three of his game-high 11 points in the first half, and Garino added a pair of dunks as the hosts scored the final eight points of the period for a 46-22 halftime margin.

John Kopriva (11 points, 7 boards & 2 steals)

GW opened the second half with eight straight points to stretch its run to 16-0 and surge to a 54-22 lead. The Huskies would get no closer than 29 the rest of the way and the hot-shooting Colonials stretched their cushion to a game-high 45 at 87-42 on a Bryant three-point play with 1:22 left.

Great debut for Darian Bryant (13 PTS in 16 minutes)

Bloomsburg, a member of NCAA Division II and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, shot 24.2 percent (15-62) for the game and was led by Jon Riles' 12 points, Alssene Saintilus' 10 markers, and Charles Haigler's nine points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Huskies' head coach Jon Sanow was an assistant on GW Coach Mike Lonergan's staff at Vermont during the 2005-06 season.

Yuta Watanabe (#12) added 12 points & 8 boards

GW makes its official 2014-15 season debut on Friday, Nov. 14 against Grambling State at the Smith Center at 7 p.m. The fourth annual Home Opener Tailgate on 22nd Street outside the Smith Center will precede the contest beginning at 4 p.m.

Half-time, Half-court... Close, but no cigar

Click here for last night's box score.