GW completes season sweep of George Mason, 83-74
By: Jake Sichel
George Washington defeated George Mason 83-74, sweeping the season series against the Patriots. With the win GW pulled to an even .500 in A10 conference play at 8-8 after starting the season 1-4. GW now finds themselves in a three-way tie for sixth place with La Salle and George Mason.
GW’s offense was rolling yet again, amplified by their ability to get to the free throw line. For the 13th time this season the Colonials made more free throws than their opponent attempted. GW’s 15-of-17 afternoon at the stripe provided the difference in a nine-point victory. GW also continued to find success from behind the arc as the A-10’s top three-point shooting team buried 8-of-20 triples, spurred by a 3-of-3 performance from deep by senior Matt Hart.
Hart was one of four Colonials in double figures in scoring with 11. Tyler Cavanaugh’s 22 points was his 12th 20+ point game of the season and Yuta Watanabe dropped a season-high 18 as well. The junior from Japan was an efficient 7-of-11 from the floor.
The game was close throughout, with the teams trading the lead nine times as well as being tied 10 times before the Colonials pulled away late. GW turned the ball over a season-low five times, another bug plus as they head into March. Also, the Colonials defense was aggressive as they forced 14 Patriot turnovers.
Senior Guard Marquise Moore of George Mason had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in his 38 minutes of action, but his performance wasn’t enough to lift George Mason to victory.
Currently in the midst of a three-game winning streak, GW will visit Fordham on Wednesday night at 7pm. Fordham is 7-9 in league play (13-16 overall) and tied with Davidson for ninth in the conference.