Thursday, February 4, 2016

Men's Basketball: GW 79 Davidson 69

Patricio Garino (#13) led GW with 17 points

From our friends at GW Athletics...

GW Men's Basketball Dispatches Davidson 79-69

Garino scores 17 as the Colonials improve to 17-5 overall

Patricio Garino scored 17 points, Tyler Cavanaugh added 16 and the George Washington men’s basketball team downed Davidson 79-69 Wednesday night at the Charles E. Smith Center.

The Colonials (17-5, 6-3 A-10) were efficient from the floor as they connected on 30-of-57 field goal attempts, including a 6-of-11 night from Garino. Yuta Watanabe's 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting gave the home team three double-figure scorers, and Watanabe also corralled six rebounds.

13 points, 6 rebounds for Yuta Watanabe (#12)

Joe McDonald was key to GW's success as his game-high 10 rebounds from the point guard position ignited a 38-29 edge for GW on the glass that also yielded an 18-11 advantage in second chance points and 40-22 margin in the paint.

Joe McDonald (#22) led all players with 10 boards

GW's 10-point victory margin matched its largest lead of the game as the Colonials pulled away in the closing minutes. Free throws played a big role in the win as GW got to the line 17 times in the second half, connecting on 13, after making just 2-of-4 in the first half. For the game, the Colonials converted more freebies (15) than Davidson attempted (14.)

Tyler Cavanaugh (16 points) chats with Head Coach Mike Lonergan

Davidson, which came in with the Atlantic 10’s top scoring offense averaging 80.8 points per game, was limited to 42.4 percent shooting by GW. Jack Gibbs turned in a game-high 25 points on 9-of-21 shooting and nine of the Wildcats' 25 made field goals came behind the three-point arc. Brian Sullivan (13 points) and Peyton Aldridge (11) joined Gibbs in double-figures in scoring for the Wildcats, who fell to 12-8 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

Davidson's Jack Gibbs led all players with 25 points

After a first half that featured four lead changes the Colonials held a 39-33 halftime lead, but Davidson came out hot by hitting 5 of its first 7 shots and retook the lead, 52-51, on a pair of free throws from Gibbs with 11:36 remaining.

Brian Sullivan (#3, 13 points) led Davidson with 3 assists 

GW responded, with Garino putting the score in favor of the Colonials for good with a pair of free throws of his own 14 seconds later. Davidson kept within two possessions until Alex Mitola knocked down a short jumper and Cavanaugh followed with a three-pointer with 5:54 left that stretched the lead to 68-60.

Alex Mitola (#1) added 6 points off the bench

The lead hit double digits for the first time on a baseline jumper from Garino with 3:06 remaining and the Colonials closed it out from there.

Anthony Swan (#4) tallied 4 points in just 3 minutes

Next up for GW is a huge A-10 clash with conference front runner VCU in Richmond on Saturday at noon on CBSSN.

Paul Jorgensen chipped in 7 points & 4 rebounds


• McDonald recorded double-digit rebounds for the third time this season (13 at USF, 10 vs. Gardner-Webb.) With his nine points, he is now just two shy of 1,000 for his career.

• The Colonials reached the 40-point plateau in the paint for the fourth time this season (44 at UCF, 42 vs. Lafayette, 40 vs. Army.)

• GW’s 18 second-chance points were the second most this season and the most in a regulation game (24 vs. Richmond, double-OT.)

• GW improved its home record since 2013-14 to 38-4 (.905) which is the best mark of any team in the A-10.

• The Colonials shot above 50 percent (.526) for the fifth time this season including the first since hitting .518 at UCF on December 29.

• Cavanaugh reached double figure points for the 22nd time in 22 games, while Garino led GW in scoring for the seventh time (including the third straight game.)

Click here for last night's box score.