The Colonials Take Down Manhattan in BB&T Classic
The Colonials were able to dial up a win in “The Phone Booth” in the first game of the annual BB&T Classic, taking down the Manhattan College Jaspers 67-55.
Senior Isaiah Armwood led the way for GW with a season-high 23 points. He shot 66% from the field and contributed nine rebounds and six blocks. Lasan Kromah pitched in with 18 points, including a layup with 17:40 left in the second half that gave the Colonials the lead for good.
Emmy Andujar nailed a three-pointer for the Jaspers to tie the game at 32 right before the end of a first half that saw Manhattan up by as much as seven, but it was all GW after the break. The Colonials, who had a clear size advantage over the Jaspers, won the rebound battle over the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference squad 41-27. Freshman Kevin Larsen pulled down four offensive boards in his 28 minutes of play.
Turnovers, however, proved to still be problematic for GW. Going into the game, the Colonials were dead last in the Atlantic 10 conference in turnover margin, and their effort today does not help much. They turned the ball over 23 times, leading to nine Manhattan points. Joe McDonald had six turnovers in his limited time on the court; his four fouls kept him on the pine for much of the game. Another limited freshman was Kethan Savage, who fouled out with 10 minutes left in the game.
McDonald, the freshman point guard who is the heir apparent to Tony Taylor, had a lackluster performance, not attempting any shots and recording just two assists. Senior guard Bryan Bynes did not fare much better, shooting 0-5 from the field.
The physicality of the game played into GW’s favor. The Colonials outscored the Jaspers in the paint, and Manhattan committed 24 fouls, leading to early exits for three players. The Colonials responded to the fouls by shooting 82.8% from the free throw line after shooting just 64.3% from the charity stripe in their narrow win last week against the James Madison Dukes.
The BB&T Classic is a benefit for the Children’s Charities Foundation. GW has participated every year since 1995. The second game of the day’s doubleheader featured two local teams, George Mason and Maryland. The game was preceded by the team riding the Metro from Foggy Bottom to Chinatown, accompanied by members of the Colonial Army and the Colonial Brass.
With the win, the Colonials secure their first winning streak and move to 4-3 while the Jaspers fall to 2-4. GW’s next game is Tuesday night in Peoria, Illinois against the Bradley Braves. Raynell Cooper and Cameron Rohde will have the call beginning at 7:45 PM on WRGW-Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.