Sunday, February 21, 2016

Men's Basketball: GW 90 La Salle 50

Patricio Garino (#21, 19 points) shot a perfect 7-7

From our friends at GW Athletics...

GW Puts on Shooting Clinic in 90-50 Win Over La Salle

The Colonials shot a season-best 58 percent from the field and 70 percent from 3-point range

On Homecoming Weekend at GW, the home team routed visiting La Salle, 90-50, in a shooting clinic at the Charles E. Smith Center.

With the win the Colonials (20-7, 9-5 A-10) reached the 20-win mark for the third straight season, just the second time in school history that’s been achieved (also 2004-07.)

Peanut butter jelly time!

As a team GW set season highs in field goal percentage (.580), three-point field goal percentage (.700), three-pointers made (14), and free throw percentage (.947), all while holding the Explorers to .322 shooting which marked a season-low for a GW opponent.

The First Ladies

The game was well in hand before the teams went into halftime as GW led, 52-21, after the opening stanza on the strength of 10 first half triples in 12 attempts. Six Colonials connected on a three-pointer in the game, as GW came within two of matching the program's all-time single game mark for made three-pointers.

Tyler Cavanaugh (#34) led all players with 22 points

GW led by as many as 41 points and never trailed in the contest, before the reserve unit mopped up the win.

5 assists, 4 points & 4 rebounds for Joe McDonald (#22)

Tyler Cavanaugh continued his run of scoring in double figures in every game in his GW career with a game-high 22 points, leading five Colonials in double figures in scoring. Cavanaugh was 7-of-11 from the floor, and perfect from both three-point range (3-of-3) and at the line (5-of-5.)

Jordan Price (#21) led La Salle with 17 points

Patricio Garino tallied 19 points in a perfect afternoon from the floor (7-of-7 FG, 4-of-4 3PT FG). Garino also ripped down a game-high eight boards in 26 minutes of play, while helping to limit La Salle's leading scorer, Jordan Price, to 6-of-17 shooting from the floor, and matching a season high with four steals.

Alex Mitola (#1) added 10 points & 3 assists

Yuta Watanabe (4-of-6 FG, 3-of-4 3PT FG) contributed 11 points in the win, as did freshman Jordan Roland in a career-high performance. Alex Mitola (10 points) was one of four Colonials to connect on at least two three-pointers as he buried both of his attempts from the land of plenty.

Yuta Watanabe (#12, 11 points) led all players with 3 blocks

GW's 29 made field goals came via 21 assists, a game- and career-high seven of which were courtesy of Paul Jorgensen, who also did not commit a turnover in 21 minutes of action. Seven Colonials played 20-plus minutes in the rout with no player registering more than Garino's 26.

Paul Jorgensen (#3) led all players with 7 assists

GW's next game brings an opportunity for revenge at Richmond on Wednesday night at 7 PM on ASN. The Spiders defeated the Colonials in a double-overtime thriller at the Smith Center on January 28.

La Salle Head Coach John Giannini

• GW’s 40-point win marks its largest margin of victory since defeating Grambling State by 52 on November 14, 2014.

• The Colonials’ bench accounted for 26 points on the day, after totaling 23 in last Wednesday’s win at Duquesne.

• GW dominated the boards, 43-21, matching its largest margin of the season (also +22 vs. Duquesne.)

• Garino moved from 18th to 16th on GW’s career scoring list (1,385) while Kevin Larsen (1,315) passed Pops Mensah-Bonsu for 23rd place. Garino needs 33 points to move into the top 15 while Larsen needs 30 to move into the top 20. Larsen is also tied with Nemanja Mikic for second in career games played (125.)