Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Men's Basketball: George Washington 72 Seton Hall 64

Tyler Cavanaugh led GW with 16 points & 7 boards

From our friends at GW Athletics...

GW Men's Basketball Downs Big East Foe Seton Hall

McDonald and Cavanaugh combine for 32 points as Colonials avenge last season's loss to Pirates

Playing its first of three consecutive home games against major non-conference opposition, the GW men's basketball team (7-1) exacted revenge on the Seton Hall Pirates after last season's loss in New Jersey with a 72-64 win at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Junior Tyler Cavanaugh, fresh off an All-Tournament team performance in last weekend's Barclays Center Classic, once again led GW in victory. His 16 points and seven rebounds paced the Colonials, while senior Joe McDonald equaled Cavanaugh's 16 points.

Joe McDonald (#4, 16 points) draws a foul

Playing his eighth game in the buff and blue, Cavanaugh connected on 6-of-12 field goals, including 2-of-4 three-pointers, as GW ran its home record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season to a gaudy 31-3.

Anthony Swan (#4) cuts Seton Hall's lead to 15-11

The Colonials were a steady 17-of-21 (.810) from the charity stripe on the night, winning the free throw battle against the Pirates (6-of-10, .600) by making more free throws than Seton Hall attempted. GW also edged Seton Hall in points-off-turnovers (18-12) and bench scoring (21-15), sparked by sophomore Paul Jorgensen's nine point night, including a crucial three-pointer with 2:15 to play that doubled GW's lead from three to six.

Paul Jorgensen (#3) scored 9 points off the bench

GW led by as many as nine with 7:51 to play, on a night when the Colonials topped Seton Hall by an even four points in each half.

Yuta Watanabe (#12) added 9 points & 5 rebounds

The Pirates, though, didn’t make it easy. After GW led 58-49, Seton Hall went on a 10-4 run to close within 62-59 on Isaiah Whitehead’s jumper with 2:44 remaining. That was as close as it would get, though, as Jorgensen nailed a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down on GW’s next possession, and the Colonials closed out the win on the free throw line.

Senior Kevin Larsen led all players with 4 assists & 2 blocks

Seton Hall received a game-high 21 points from Khadeen Carrington, the only Pirate to reach double figures in scoring. The GW defense limited the now 5-2 club to a .418 field goal percentage, a 2-of-18 (.111) effort from long range and 0-of-10 in the second half.

Seton Hall's Khadeen Carrington led all scorers with 21 points

Next on the docket is a December 8th rematch from last season against the Big Ten's Penn State, with another Big Ten foe in Rutgers in the hole on December 12.

GW First Ladies Dance Team

Click here for tonight's box score.

Colonials' head coach Mike Lonergan

Pirates' head coach Kevin Willard