Saturday, January 21, 2023

Men's Basketball: George Washington 76 Dayton 69

GW's James Bishop IV led all scorers with 27 points

From our friends at GW Athletics...

Men’s Basketball Handles Conference Favorite Dayton, 76-69

Bishop scores 27 with seven assists, Colonials improve to 4-2 in A-10

It was a showdown of two of the top candidates for Atlantic 10 Player-of-the-Year on Saturday in a matinee tip in D.C., as the league's top-scoring player in GW's James Bishop IV hosted Dayton's DaRon Holmes II in a nationally-televised affair, and backed by a bevy of buckets from his backcourt buddies, Brendan Adams and Maximus Edwards, Bishop was king of the conference in GW's thorough 76-69 win.

The Buff and Blue led wire-to-wire against the preseason favorite Flyers and current top dog in most national rankings among A-10 teams, getting it done on the defensive end by holding Dayton to 35.8% shooting from the floor.

It was all GW from the jump and the early going saw a Bishop and-one make it 22-12 GW with 7:25 remaining in the first half, followed by a Max Edwards bucket that doubled-up the Flyers, 24-12, through more than 14 minutes of play. The stout D of the home team limited visiting Dayton to 22 points on 26.7% shooting in the opening stanza. When Edwards canned a buzzer-beating triple to close the half, GW completed arguably its best half of the season, leading wire-to-wire and taking a game-high 14-point lead into the locker room. Edwards' triple was his third of the half in four attempts, en route to a lucky 13 points in the first 20 minutes of play.

Max Edwards (#2) added 15 points & 6 rebounds

Holmes entered play third in the league in scoring but was held to 14 points on 15 shots, as he was swarmed by the double team of Ricky Lindo Jr., and Hunter Dean, who let their backcourt do the scoring while focusing their energy and efforts on Holmes. Lindo finished with a game-leading +16 +\- in his 27:09.

Senior Hunter Dean (#13) slams it home

Former GW recruit Toumani Camara, who played at Georgia before transferring to Dayton, entered play topping the circuit with 9.1 rebounds per contest, and took advantage of some clean looks afforded him by the attention to Holmes and led Dayton with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Dayton's DaRon Holmes II led all players with 10 rebounds

Bishop, who also ranked second in the conference in assists per game alongside his leading scorer honors, was two-thirds of the way to matching his career-high in assists in the first half alone, with an array of heads-up dimes to his teammates including a nifty late look to Lindo standing under the hoop for a rim-rattling slam to put GW up 33-22 with 90 seconds to go in the half. Lindo's bucket was part of a GW effort that outscored their foe 16-6 in the paint before halftime as all but four of the Buff and Blue's 36 first-half points came in the paint, behind the 3-point arc or at the free throw line.

Senior Ricky Lindo Jr. grabbed 7 rebounds

In the second half, GW thwarted a Flyers' push, and it was Bishop who carried the scoring load. His game-high 27 points stamped his claim for the A-10's best, while Adams continued to be Mr. Reliable at the free throw line. Adams drained 11-of-12 freebies en route to his 18 points, while reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week Edwards finished with 15.

Junior Noel Brown (#21) added 4 points & 2 rebounds

GDUB stays home this week to host Saint Joseph's on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Smith Center. The game will be carried live on ESPN+.

Colonials Head Coach Chris Caputo

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