Steeves’ Career Night Lifts GW over UMass 83-65
By: Matt Montag
The GW Colonials (15-13, 7-8) exploded offensively in the second half Thursday night at the Charles E. Smith Center on their way to defeating the University of Massachusetts Minutemen (13-15, 4-11) 83-65. GW found itself down 8 in the middle of the first half, but by halftime they had cut their deficit to 2. In the second half they outscored UMass 45-27.
Patrick Steeves, the grad student from Harvard, had by far his strongest game yet as a Colonial (26 points). The Minutemen could not find an answer for Steeve’s hook shots from the paint all night. Fellow grad student and star player Tyler Cavanaugh also had a strong performance as usual, picking up his tenth double-double of the season (21 points, 13 rebounds). Sophomore Jordan Roland rounds out the team’s double-digit scorers (15 points) with a nice performance of his own.
UMass, now the losers of three straight and eight of their last nine, could not keep the momentum from their fast start going. The Minutemen looked good early on and even had the lead as late as nine minutes into the second half, but they could not keep pace with the Colonials down the stretch. The two players providing most of the team’s offense were freshman guard Dejon Larreu (12 points) and junior guard Zach Lewis (16 ponts).
Next up for GW, are the George Mason Patriots who pay a visit to the Smith Center in another addition of the very one-sided revolutionary rivalry. The two teams last met on Jan. 25 when the Colonials visited Fairfax and beat the Patriots 87-68. Jack Linnehan and Daniel Stettin will be on the call at 2:00 p.m. right here on WRGW Sports, at gwradio.com.