GW MBB beats USF 68-67
By: Arthur Pescan
The George Washington Colonials (5-3) beat the USF Bulls (4-3) 68-67 at the Smith Center this Saturday in a thrilling matchup which saw the teams exchange leads six times. Down by a troubling 13 points towards the end of the first half, the Colonials clawed back to the lead, and the win, off a game-winning three from freshman Collin Smith with seconds remaining.
Despite shooting just 38%, the Colonials capitalized where they do best, at the line and on the boards. In addition to forcing 13 turnovers, GW also dominated at the stripe, with 23 more attempts than the Bulls. However, Jaren Sina saw his 22 free throw streak end on a miss on a technical free throw charged to USF prior to the game.
Tyler Cavanaugh continued his streak of games with at least 10 points scored, draining 16 for the Colonials in the winning effort. However, it was the freshmen who proved essential, with Smith finishing with a game-high 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting, and Arnoldo Torro chipping in eight points and a team-high nine rebounds. The Bulls’ Jahmal McMurray led the way for USF, who looked set to dominate across the board early on, notching 16 points, while starters Troy Holston and Ruben Guerrero scored 14 and 10 respectively.
The Colonials will jump right back into the action tomorrow, playing Florida State (6-1) in the BB&T Classic in the Verizon Center at 4 PM. WRGW Coverage will begin at 3:45 PM on gwradio.com.