GW MBB TROUNCES MASON 87-68
By: Arthur Pescan
The George Washington Colonials (11-9, 3-4 A-10) needed to bring the heat, and heat they most certainly brought Wednesday night, as the Colonials cruised to victory on the road over the rival George Mason Patriots (13-7, 3-4 A-10), 87-68, in what is GW’s highest scoring output of the season. Led by 20-point performances from grad student Tyler Cavanaugh and sophomore Jordan Roland, as well as a whopping 40 points from the bench, the Colonials dominated a Patriot squad which looked set to threaten GW prior to tipoff.
Offensive prowess characterized the Colonial victory, a welcome sign for a team which has struggled to remain consistent thus far. Cavanaugh’s and Roland’s 20-point outings were backed up across the team, with grad student Patrick Steeves chipping in a season-high 11 points, and junior Yuta Watanabe notching 12 to continue his impressive return from a calf injury which benched him earlier this season. As a team, the Colonials went a steady 22-of-29 (.759) from the free throw line, and knocked in 11-of-19 (.579) from behind the arc, their third-straight game of double-digit three-pointers.
For their part, the Patriots continued to edge GW in rebounds, racking up 42 this outing compared to the Colonials’ 40, extending George Mason’s lead in the A-10 from the boards. Senior Marquise Moore, arguably the conference’s most prolific scorer, was contained by an effective Colonial defense to just 15 points in a 5-of-15 effort for the night. Notably however, freshman Otis Livingston II led the scoring column for the Patriots with an impressive 17 points.
The blowout victory on the road continues to improve hopes for the Colonials as they look for a dominate second half of the season to counter a first half which saw the team stumble through inconsistencies offensively and defensively. GW’s next outing will be a home faceoff against the St. Louis Billikens (7-14, 2-6 A-10) this Saturday afternoon at the Smith Center. Tipoff will be at 4 PM.