Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Men's Basketball: GW 73 #6 Virginia 68

Junior Tyler Cavanaugh scored 18 points (8-8 FTs) in just 20 minutes

From our friends at GW Athletics...

GW Men's Hoops Upsets #6 Virginia 73-68

Colonials knock off Cavaliers in front of a sold-out Smith Center

Senior Patricio Garino and junior Tyler Cavanaugh combined for 36 points and four players scored in double figures as the George Washington men's basketball team knocked off No. 6 Virginia, 73-68, in front of a sold-out Charles E. Smith Center on Monday night in the opening game of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon.

GW (2-0) shot 50-percent (12-for-24) from the field with three 3-pointers in the first half to take a 35-32 lead into halftime. The Colonials kept the pressure on in the second half, holding off a late Virginia (1-1) rally to secure the program's first win over a ranked opponent at home since Jan. 14, 1998 against then-No. 18 Xavier.

The Colonial Army

Garino poured in a game-high tying 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including one 3-pointer while going 3-for-3 from the free throw line. He added five rebounds and two assists.

Patricio Garino scored 18 points on 7-8 shooting

Cavanaugh finished with 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go along with five rebounds. The junior went 8-for-8 from the charity stripe to pace the Colonials to 82.1 percent (23-of-28) effort for the game.

Sophomore Yuta Watanabe added 5 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks

GW also received big contributions from Joe McDonald, who had 10 points and two timely 3-pointers, and Kevin Larsen who contributed a well-rounded game with nine points, seven rebounds and a game-high five assists. Paul Jorgensen also added 10 points and didn’t have a turnover in a career-high 24 minutes of play.

Alex Mitola (#1) scored 3 points in 12 effective minutes

The game saw five lead changes and four ties, with the teams going back and forth midway through the second half. A 3-pointer from Evan Nolte with 8:27 left made it 55-54 Virginia, but Garino provided an answer with a three-point play on GW’s next possession that sparked a 10-0 run.

Forty seconds later, Garino gave the Colonials a 59-55 advantage with a tip-in and Cavanaugh followed with a layup as GW gained control.

Virginia was led by Michael Brogdon who scored a game-high 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including 18 in the second half. The Hoos were held to 40.3 percent shooting as a team while GW connected on 45.1 percent and had a 37-33 rebounding advantage.

The win is GW’s first over an opponent ranked sixth or higher since defeating No. 1 Massachusetts, 86-76, on Feb. 24, 1996.

Click here for last night's box score.