Three Solid Wins Cap Off a Successful First Week For GW Men

TIM RIORDAN
WRGW SPORTS DIRECTOR

The Men started off the season on the right foot with three impressive victories, including a 100 point performance and a come from behind road victory to a tough opponent.

Radford 54 George Washington 76

The Men’s squad opened up their 100th season against the Radford Highlanders of the Big South Conference on two Fridays ago.  The grills for the home opener tailgate were hot, but the GW shooters were even hotter, especially Kethan Savage who led the team with 18 points on the way to a definitive 76-54 victory.

Radford got off to a quick 4-1 lead, but a run by the Colonials, including a Nemanja Mikic three pointer, put them ahead and they wouldn’t trail for the rest of the game.  Here is senior Tim Riordan and Sophomore Zach Simon with the call for WRGW Sports.

The Colonials took a 13 point lead into halftime, after a Maurice Creek buzzer beater put the Colonials up 39-26.  Creek would finish the game with 12 points.

The second half was led by Kethan Savage, who had no trouble carving up the Highlander defense and getting to the bucket with ease.  He finished the game with a career high in points (18), rebounds (6), assists (5), steals (5) and minutes (23) in an all-around effort by the sophomore off the bench.  He was named the Player of the game and would later go on to be named Colonial of the Week.

Isiah Armwood struggled from the floor (0-5 FG), but still scored 7 points from the free throw line and pulled down a game high 12 rebounds.  The new look Kevin Larsen, who shed 16 pounds this offseason, scored 16 points on 6-8 shooting.  Defensively, the Colonials were able to hold the Highlander to just 35.7% shooting.  Ya Ya Anderson led the way for Radford with 15 points and 3 assists.

Maine 81 George Washington 108

It seems fitting that in the 100th season of George Washington men’s basketball the team would eclipse 100 points for the first time since December of 2005, a feat that GW accomplished on Tuesday night, defeating the Maine Black Bears 108-81.

It was an extremely balanced performance for the Colonials as five players scored in double digits, including 13 from Nemanja Mickic and Kevin Larsen, 18 for Kethan Savage and Isiah Armwood, and 19 points for Maurice Creek.

Creek hit 4 3-pointers in the firs half en route to match his career high of 5 3-point field goals in the game.  Here is freshman Jack Linnehan and sophomore Alex Hausner with the call for WRGW Sports.

Going into halftime with a 56-46 lead, the 1448 person crowd who came to this Tuesday night game was buzzing with anticipation of a 100 point game.

That wasn’t the only thing the crowd had to cheer for in the second half, as an emphatic block by Savage led to a fast break going the other way and a highlight reel slam dunk for Armwood.

The Black Bears, in their first all time game against George Washington, were lead by an impressive performance by Shaun Lawton, who had 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The century mark was finally reached with 3:09 left to go in the game.  Kethan Savage drived the ball to the hoop and scored the layup that would put 3 digits on the Smith Center scoreboard for the first time since 2005.

George Washington 75 Manhattan 72

The Colonials were tested for the first time in their 100th season on the road Saturday night against Manhattan College.  A GW was able to overcome a 13 point first half deficit to defeat the Jaspers 75-72, lead by a huge second half performance by Graduate Student Maurice Creek.

GW came out strong in the first half, controlling the first three minutes and getting out to a 9-5 lead with the help of a Creek 3-pointer.  Here is senior Tim Riordan and junior Mike Martenak on the call

Some poor substitutions gave the lead and momentum to the Jaspers.  With the entire second unit on the court, GW struggled to do much of anything right, playing sloppy on both sides of the ball.  Even the starters couldn’t slow the momentum of the Jaspers as they went on a 16-3 run midway through the first half to make the score 29-16.  The Colonials were able to steady the ship with solid offensive play from senior Isiah Armwood and sophomore Kevin Larsen, but the Jaspers still took a 39-30 lead into halftime.

The tide turned quickly out of the locker room as the Colonials went on a 15-5 run in 4:21 to take a 45-44 lead.  Sophomore Patricio Garino, playing his first game of the season returning from a fractured finger injury, scored the layup to put the Colonials ahead.

The second twenty minutes were all Maurice Creek.  Creek scored 24 of his 27 points in the second half, nearly half of the team’s total second half points.  He was 6-9 from the field, 4-6 from beyond the arc, and a crucial 8-8 from the free throw line, on a night when the team shot just 61.5% from the charity strip.  Creek’s performance was highlighted by two clutch 3-pointers in a row to give the team a 7 point lead with 11:42 to go, their largest lead of the game at that time.  Listen in as the second shot gets GW fans chanting in the away arena.

The lead was never given back to the Jaspers, though they came within 2 points twice in the closing 2 minutes.  In a crucial possession with under 30 seconds left to go, Savage milked the shot-clock down to single digits and then hit a jumper that would put the game out of reach for the Jaspers.

The Jaspers were lead by a single-handed performance by senior guard George Beamon.  Beamon who put up a season-high 34 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Sophomore Kevin Larsen recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Colonials return home Tuesday night to face off against Deleware St. in their final tune up game before The Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, CA over Thanksgiving break.  Junior Keith Woods and freshman Thomas Pierce will have the call from the Smith Center.  Tune into this game and all GW basketball games live on WRGW Sports – Colonials Radio Central at wrgwsports.com.

Posted on November 19, 2013, in GW Basketball, Men's Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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