Sunday, February 28, 2016

Men's Basketball: VCU 69 George Washington 65

GW's Tyler Cavanaugh (#34) led all players with 19 points

From our friends at GW Athletics...

GW Men’s Basketball Falls to VCU, Splitting Season Series

Tyler Cavanaugh scored a game-high 19 points

After downing VCU earlier this month in Richmond, the GW men's basketball team came into play on Saturday afternoon looking for a season sweep of the Rams, but in a hard fought clash between the two A-10 heavyweights, the Colonials dropped a narrow 69-65 decision. The teams now sport identical 21-8 records.

Tyler Cavanaugh led GW with a game-high 19 points before fouling out with 35 seconds to play and the Colonials trailing by two. A pair of Rams' free throws put the visitors up 67-63 with Cavanaugh on the bench, but Kevin Larsen (15 points, game-high tying seven rebounds) answered back with a pair of free throws of his own to bring the game back within two with 27 seconds to play.

Kevin Larsen (#21) led GW with 7 rebounds & 2 blocks

After VCU's Justin Tillman missed the front end of a one-and-one, Patricio Garino's go-ahead three-point try from the top of the key was just off. VCU then withstood a tying try after Alex Mitola grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked to Garino, who drove to the basket only to see his shot misfire. After Tillman grabbed the board, he atoned on the other end by connecting on two free throws to account for the final margin.

12 points & 6 rebounds for Patricio Garino (#13)

Garino finished with 12 points and six boards for the Colonials, while Larsen's 6-of-6 afternoon at the line allowed GW to once again make more free throws (16-of-22) than the opposition attempted (8-of-10.)

Paul Jorgensen (#3) takes a licking... but keeps on ticking

Two of Larsen's makes at the charity stripe gave GW a 63-62 lead with 1:30 to play, in a contest in which neither team ever led by more than nine. VCU's Jordan Burgess would hit the shot of the game for the Rams, however, as his corner three in front of the Rams' bench with 59 seconds to play put the visitors back in front. Burgess finished with 14 points, while the Rams' Jonathan Williams had a team-high 17 points and game-high five assists.

First Lady Andrea Millman

GW held a slight 31-30 rebounding edge, including 10-7 on the offensive glass, all of which came in the second half. The Colonials accumulated 17 second chance points in the game, outdoing the Rams 17-4.

Senior Joe McDonald (#22) led GW with 4 assists

Up next for GW is an emotional night on Tuesday, when the Colonials will celebrate Senior Night vs. George Mason at 8 PM. The game will mark the final home games for four-year starters Garino, Larsen and Joe McDonald, as well as Mitola, a graduate transfer.

"Buff Out" at Charles E. Smith Center

Click here for yesterday's box score.