GW Loses Another Heartbreaker, This Time on the Road to Rutgers
Facing their second major conference team in as many games, GW fell in another heartbreaker, this time to Rutgers by a final score of 68-65 at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. The loss marks their second three point defeat in a row following their loss to Kansas State last Saturday.
However, whereas in the Kansas State game, the Colonials walked onto the court ready to play, against Rutgers the Colonials got into an early funk and were quickly down nine points with just under 17 minutes to play in the first half.
After that, the Colonials constantly battled, ultimately coming back to take their first lead of the game 49-48 at the 12:06 mark of the second half with a Kevin Larsen lay-up. GW would lead by as many as four with just under ten minutes to go before a six minute Colonials slump on offense allowed Rutgers to retake the lead.
The last two minutes of the game were defined by immense tension from the crowd and the quick play of both teams. GW had many chances to pull ahead and take the lead, but turnovers plagued them during this stretch. Despite this, the Colonials had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Patricio Garino’s last second three-pointer sailed long and Rutgers held on for the victory.
Rutgers was led by their dynamic duo of sophomore guards, Eli Carter and Myles Mack, who lit up the court in the first half and kept pressure in the back court against the Colonials in the second. Mack scored 15 points while Carter ended up with 21 points in the win.
For the Colonials, Isaiah Armwood had another solid game, putting up 18 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, and four blocks. Lasan Kromah and Patricio Garino finished with 10 points apiece and Kevin Larsen had another good game, finishing with nine points and 11 rebounds, eight of which were defensive.
Still, it was another tough loss for GW to swallow, especially coming off such a hard-fought loss against Kansas State. Unfortunately, the Colonials’ inability to seal the deal in close games at the end is becoming eerily reminiscent of their same struggles last season in these types of games. The fact is Mike Lonergan still has not found someone he can rely on to hit a big shot when the team needs it and until he does, the Colonials will continue to struggle in these types of games. Yet, in this game, GW would not have even been in this situation had they played a consistent second half as opposed to the fluctuating type of half the actually played, something that Mike Lonergan has struggled to remedy during the entirety of his tenure on Foggy Bottom.
With the loss, the Colonials drop to 4-6 on the season while Rutgers improves to 6-2. GW will now get set to host the Virginia Military Institute following the conclusion of finals week on Saturday, December 22nd. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. and you can listen to all the action on WRGW-Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.