Friday, January 29, 2016

Men's Basketball: Richmond 98 GW 90 (2OT)

Kevin Larsen (#21) led GW with 17 points & 5 dimes

From our friends at GW Athletics...

GW Men's Basketball Drops 2OT Heartbreaker to Richmond, 98-90

Colonials overcame 13-point second half deficit to force overtime

For the second consecutive season at the Smith Center, GW and Richmond battled into double-overtime, though this time the home team came up short in a 98-90 loss to the Spiders.

Paul Jorgensen sent the game to overtime with a banked-in buzzer-beating three at the end of regulation after GW fought back from a 13-point second half deficit.

After regulation ended knotted at 74-74, the Colonials and Spiders didn't budge in the first overtime session, but this time it was Richmond who forced the next overtime session with a three-point play to tie the game at 85-85 with less than 20 seconds to go in the first session.

Joe McDonald (#22) scored 13 points

Richmond (11-8, 3-4 A-10) pulled away in the second overtime frame to hand GW its first home loss of the season. The Colonials dipped to 15-5 overall and 4-3 in A-10 play heading into Sunday's NBCSN telecast at noon at George Mason.

Patricio Garino (#13) added 17 points & 2 steals

All five GW starters scored in double figures in the contest, paced by Patricio Garino's and Kevin Larsen's 17 apiece. Larsen also had a game-high tying five assists without committing a turnover.

16 points & a game-high 14 rebounds for Tyler Cavanaugh (#34)

Tyler Cavanaugh recorded a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double, while Yuta Watanabe (14) and Joe McDonald (13) rounded out the 77 points GW got from its starting five.

Yuta Watanabe (#12) added 14 points & 6 rebounds

GW used 20 offensive rebounds to win the battle of the boards, 41-33, and parlayed its work on the glass into a 24-5 edge in second chance points, but was undone by Richmond's three-point barrage. The Spiders connected on 11-of-19 threes, seven of which came from Marshall Wood (22 points) in his eight attempts.

ShawnDre' Jones led all players with 29 points

ShawnDre' Jones led all scorers with 29 points for Richmond which shot 60 percent from the field in the game.

Richmond's Terry Allen (#15) scored 15 points

The Spiders led by 13 after Wood hit a 3-pointer with 14:36 to play and kept their double digit lead for the next six-plus minutes. Trailing 62-53, Cavanaugh ignited a Colonials rally by knocking down a three to cut the lead to single digits and continued on a personal 7-0 run.

A runner in the lane from Watanabe tied it up, 63-63, with 3:29 to play, and it went back and forth from there with Richmond holding a 74-71 advantage with eight seconds to play. Jorgensen extended it to overtime with a pull-up three-pointer that banked off the glass and rolled around the rim before falling in.

In the first overtime, McDonald hit 4-of-4 free throws with the last pair putting GW ahead 85-82, before Jones connected for a three-point play to tie it up and ultimately, send it to the second overtime.


• Cavanaugh recorded his sixth double-double of the season, which matches teammate Kevin Larsen for the third-most in the Atlantic 10. The junior has scored in double figures in all 20 games this season. Larsen narrowly missed a double-double with 17 points and nine boards.

• The loss marked the first for GW in overtime under Mike Lonergan. The Colonials had previously been 4-0.

• In addition to his 14 points, Watanabe matched a career-high with three blocks.

• The game featured 15 ties, which marked a season-high, and 13 lead changes.

• GW's 20 offensive rebounds and 24 second-chance points both marked season highs.

• Despite the loss, GW still holds the best home winning percentage of any A-10 team since the start of the 2013-14 season (.902, 37-4.)

Click here for last night's box score.