GW MBB beats Harvard 77-74
By: Daniel Stettin
The George Washington Colonials defeated Harvard Crimson 77-74 Tuesday night to improve to 4-3 on the year in their first true road game of the season. Tyler Cavanaugh led the way for the Colonials with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Jaren Sina had 19 points (a career high), including 17 in the second half. Bryce Aiken led the Crimson (1-4) with 17 points and 7 assists. Seth Towns also had 17 for the Crimson.
The Colonials, who once led by as much as 13, dominated on the boards, out rebounding Harvard 40-29. This advantage led to GW outscoring the Crimson 16-4 on second chance points. The trio of freshman big men (Collin Smith, Arnaldo Toro, Kevin Marfo) put up their greatest combined effort this year, with the three having 20 points and 19 rebounds. GW continued to struggle with turnovers, committing 16.
Coach Joseph went with an interesting starting lineup that we haven’t seen yet this year, sliding Cavanaugh down to the 3 while starting both Toro and Smith. We saw Cavanaugh try to take advantage of this move by posting up his smaller defenders but struggled to capitalize on the mismatch that he had. Sina came alive in the second half once again, with 17 in the half after only one bucket in the first half.
Up next for the Colonials will be USF this Saturday at 2 PM from the Charles E. Smith Center. WRGW coverage will begin at 1:45 PM on gwradio.com As well, there will be a women’s game this Friday at 7 PM in the conference opener for the Colonials against VCU, with WRGW coverage beginning at 6:45 PM.