Saturday, December 28, 2013

GW tops Hofstra 69-58

On an afternoon where the GW faithful dominated the arena, the Colonials pulled away in the second half out in Hempstead. After yet another slow start, GW scored eleven unanswered to go ahead 12-6. The bench invigorated the team early as Cartagena, Griffin, and Mikic scored back-to-back-to-back threes. Yet a stagnant offensive performance in the first half, a trend Coach Lonergan has become all too aware of, coupled with Hofstra’s work on the offensive glass left the Colonials down 32-29 at the half. However, the team roared back in the second half with a 15-2 run and never looked back. Mo Creek had a stellar second act, scoring 15 of his 17 and totaling three of his team-leading 4 steals. GW stifled The Pride on defense, holding them to 34.6% from the field in the second half and 42.3% on the game. The switch to the staple 1-3-1 zone confounded Hofstra and led to multiple steals by the GW backcourt. McDonald had 3 steals to complement his 7 assists and—wait…is that Kethan Savage’s music?


BAH GAWD KING HE’S BROKEN IN HALF. MACHO MAN KETHAN SAVAGE!

But seriously look at that vigil Hofstra holds under the basket for Robinson after the poster. Look at the GW fans packed in section 103 behind the team’s bench. This felt like a home game. This feels special. That dunked marked the turning point of the game, as the team played with a new energy with the backcourt as its catalyst. Larsen put up a quiet 14 points and 7 rebounds. Perhaps it went a bit unnoticed because Hofstra grabbed 17 offensive boards and out-rebounded the Colonials by seven. Armwood had a poor showing on his birthday, but managed three blocks.

Last year the team went as the frontcourt went. It’s refreshing to see that the Colonials no longer need to rely on their big men to win games for them. The team now has knockdown shooters in Creek, the resurgent Mikic, and Griffin. McDonald and Savage can hit the open three and get to the basket with ease. GW plays at Kansas State on New Years’ Eve and returns home January 3 to conclude non-conference play against Georgia. Then the fun starts.



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