WRGW SPORTS DIRECTOR
George Washington posted their highest margin of victory since 2006 in a dominating 94-50 victor over the Delaware State Hornets last Tuesday night. The victory extended the men’s winning to four games heading into the Wooden Legacy tournament in Orange County, California this weekend.
The highlight reel was loaded for the Colonials in this game, as they were able to net 10 3-pointers and throw down 9 thunder-jams against the Hornets. Senior forward Isiah Armwood was the game’s leading scorer, scoring 17 points while grabbing 5 rebounds. Sophomore Keith Woods and Freshman Tom Pierce had the call of a monster alley-oop slam by Armwood for WRGW Sports.
Newcomers Nick Griffin and Maurice Creek lead the way for the Colonials from deep as they were able to shoot a combined 7-7 from 3 point range. After the game Griffin described the tandem on twitter as the “#SplashBrothers”.
Six total players scored in double digits for the Colonials. Along with the three already mentioned, sophomores Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen and Paris Maragkos rounded out the top scorers for GW.
After jumping out to a 54-19 lead at half, the Colonials were comfortably in the driver’s seat. In the second half, Head Coach Mike Lonergan was able to play a lot of his back of the bench players. Maragkos was able to score a career high 10 points and freshman Skyler White completed 2 free throws for his first career points as a Colonial.
The Hornets were lead by 15 points from center Kendall Gray and 11 points from Tyshawn Bell in an overall poor shooting effort for the team (17-51 FG).
The Colonials take their 4-0 record across the country to Southern California for their biggest test of the young season in the Wooden Legacy. They will play the reigning ACC champions and a Sweet 16 team in the Miami Hurricanes at 2 o’clock EST on Thanksgiving day. The rest of the Wooden Legacy field includes #25 Marquette, Arizona State, Creighton, San Diego State, College of Charleston and, host for the first two rounds of the tournament, California State Fullerton. After playing in Fullerton on Thursday and Friday, the final round of the tournament will be held on Sunday at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Stay tuned to WRGW Sports for complete coverage of what should be a very exciting Wooden Legacy tournament. Be sure to follow @WRGWSports on Twitter for schedule updates and broadcast links. Senior Tim Riordan and Junior Mike Martenak will be covering all of the games live from Orange County on WRGW Sports – Colonials Radio Central.
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The Men started off the season on the right foot with three impressive victories, including a 100 point performance and a come from behind road victory to a tough opponent.
Radford 54 George Washington 76
The Men’s squad opened up their 100th season against the Radford Highlanders of the Big South Conference on two Fridays ago. The grills for the home opener tailgate were hot, but the GW shooters were even hotter, especially Kethan Savage who led the team with 18 points on the way to a definitive 76-54 victory.
Radford got off to a quick 4-1 lead, but a run by the Colonials, including a Nemanja Mikic three pointer, put them ahead and they wouldn’t trail for the rest of the game. Here is senior Tim Riordan and Sophomore Zach Simon with the call for WRGW Sports.
The Colonials took a 13 point lead into halftime, after a Maurice Creek buzzer beater put the Colonials up 39-26. Creek would finish the game with 12 points.
The second half was led by Kethan Savage, who had no trouble carving up the Highlander defense and getting to the bucket with ease. He finished the game with a career high in points (18), rebounds (6), assists (5), steals (5) and minutes (23) in an all-around effort by the sophomore off the bench. He was named the Player of the game and would later go on to be named Colonial of the Week.
Isiah Armwood struggled from the floor (0-5 FG), but still scored 7 points from the free throw line and pulled down a game high 12 rebounds. The new look Kevin Larsen, who shed 16 pounds this offseason, scored 16 points on 6-8 shooting. Defensively, the Colonials were able to hold the Highlander to just 35.7% shooting. Ya Ya Anderson led the way for Radford with 15 points and 3 assists.
Maine 81 George Washington 108
It seems fitting that in the 100th season of George Washington men’s basketball the team would eclipse 100 points for the first time since December of 2005, a feat that GW accomplished on Tuesday night, defeating the Maine Black Bears 108-81.
It was an extremely balanced performance for the Colonials as five players scored in double digits, including 13 from Nemanja Mickic and Kevin Larsen, 18 for Kethan Savage and Isiah Armwood, and 19 points for Maurice Creek.
Creek hit 4 3-pointers in the firs half en route to match his career high of 5 3-point field goals in the game. Here is freshman Jack Linnehan and sophomore Alex Hausner with the call for WRGW Sports.
Going into halftime with a 56-46 lead, the 1448 person crowd who came to this Tuesday night game was buzzing with anticipation of a 100 point game.
That wasn’t the only thing the crowd had to cheer for in the second half, as an emphatic block by Savage led to a fast break going the other way and a highlight reel slam dunk for Armwood.
The Black Bears, in their first all time game against George Washington, were lead by an impressive performance by Shaun Lawton, who had 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.
The century mark was finally reached with 3:09 left to go in the game. Kethan Savage drived the ball to the hoop and scored the layup that would put 3 digits on the Smith Center scoreboard for the first time since 2005.
George Washington 75 Manhattan 72
The Colonials were tested for the first time in their 100th season on the road Saturday night against Manhattan College. A GW was able to overcome a 13 point first half deficit to defeat the Jaspers 75-72, lead by a huge second half performance by Graduate Student Maurice Creek.
GW came out strong in the first half, controlling the first three minutes and getting out to a 9-5 lead with the help of a Creek 3-pointer. Here is senior Tim Riordan and junior Mike Martenak on the call
Some poor substitutions gave the lead and momentum to the Jaspers. With the entire second unit on the court, GW struggled to do much of anything right, playing sloppy on both sides of the ball. Even the starters couldn’t slow the momentum of the Jaspers as they went on a 16-3 run midway through the first half to make the score 29-16. The Colonials were able to steady the ship with solid offensive play from senior Isiah Armwood and sophomore Kevin Larsen, but the Jaspers still took a 39-30 lead into halftime.
The tide turned quickly out of the locker room as the Colonials went on a 15-5 run in 4:21 to take a 45-44 lead. Sophomore Patricio Garino, playing his first game of the season returning from a fractured finger injury, scored the layup to put the Colonials ahead.
The second twenty minutes all Maurice Creek. Creek scored 24 of his 27 points in the second half, nearly half of the team’s total second half points. He was 6-9 from the field, 4-6 from beyond the arc, and a crucial 8-8 from the free throw line, on a night when the team shot just 61.5% from the charity strip. Creek’s performance was highlighted by two clutch 3-pointers in a row to give the team a 7 point lead with 11:42 to go, their largest lead of the game at that time. Listen in as the second shot gets GW fans chanting in the away arena.
The lead was never given back to the Jaspers, though they came within 2 points twice in the closing 2 minutes. In a crucial possession with under 30 seconds left to go, Savage milked the shot-clock down to single digits and then hit a jumper that would put the game out of reach for the Jaspers.
The Jaspers were lead by a single-handed performance by senior guard George Beamon. Beamon who put up a season-high 34 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the losing effort.
Sophomore Kevin Larsen recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Colonials return home Tuesday night to face off against Deleware St. in their final tune up game before The Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, CA over Thanksgiving break. Junior Keith Woods and freshman Thomas Pierce will have the call from the Smith Center. Tune into this game and all GW basketball games live on WRGW Sports – Colonials Radio Central at wrgwsports.com.
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George Washington Women’s Basketball opened up the 2013-2014 season with two historic wins over the Jackson St. Lady Tigers last Saturday and the California Golden Bears, who are ranked #10 in the country, on Friday.
GW started off the season in style, putting up more then 100 points for the first time since the game against Mt. St. Mary’s on December 17, 2000, defeating the Jackson St. Lady Tigers in decisive fashion, 101-73. The Colonials scored first and never looked back, leading for the entire game.
While graduate student Megan Nipe led all scorers with 20 points, it was the trio of freshmen who really shined for the Colonials. Guard Hannah Schaible and forward Caira Washington earned starting roles in the opener from Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis. Schaible scored 16, nabbed 7 rebounds, and totaled 3 assists, all while playing intensely on both sides of the court on the way to being named player of the game. Washington scored 13 and had 8 rebounds. Guard Shannon Cranshaw came off the bench totaling 13 points and a team high 5 assists in 21 minutes.
As the team approached triple digits, tension and excitement grew in the Smith Center. The Colonials got the ball with 30 seconds left leading 99-73 and Alexis Chandler’s layup pushed the Colonials over 100 points. Here are seniors Connor Doyle and Tim Riordan on the call for WRGW Sports.
After the game, Associate Head Coach Megan Duffy was excited about the accomplishment, but expressed some improvements needed before going into the California game. Here is our exclusive post-game interview with Coach Duffy.
George Washington and Megan Nipe protected home court in a stunning 75-73 victory over the #10 California Golden Bears.
Nipe put up a career high 31 points on the way to GW defeating their first ranked team since 2008, when GW beat #10/8 California in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Nipe is also the first player to score 30+ points since Cathy Joens netted 32 in February of 2004.
The Golden Bears were lead by juniors Reshanda Gray, 24 points, and Brittany Boyd, 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Nipe and graduate student Danni Jackson, 14 points and 3 assists, were prolific from beyond the arc, combining to go 7-17, and getting the scoring started early in the first half. Here are juniors Raynell Cooper and Mike Martenak on the call for WRGW Sports.
Cal went on a 7-2 run to end the first half, going into the locker room with a 41-34 lead. GW, who came out strong to start the half, appeared to be giving the game away with some bad turnovers.
The tide turned quickly out of half time, as a Megan Nipe three pointer was able to tie the game back up at 43 a piece with 16:24 to play.
The lead would change hands five times in the second half, before Jackson’s three-pointer with 3:11 left to play put the Colonials up for good.
Down the stretch, California’s Courtney Range had two crucial offensive fouls called against her, and free throws were able to clinch it for the Colonials.
Once the final buzzer chimed, the “White Out” crowd of 1014 went crazy, celebrating what, potentially, could be the game of the year for this women’s squad.
Assistant Coach Diane Richardson joined Cooper and Martenak after the game for an exclusive interview.
The Colonials put their 2-0 record on the line, going on the road for the first time to face another ranked opponent in DMV rival, #8 Maryland. Seniors Tim Riordan and Connor Doyle will have the call from College Park. Tune into this game and all GW basketball games on WRGW Sports – Colonials Radio Central at wrgwsports.com.
On Thursday, the California Golden Bears women’s basketball team, ranked 10th in the AP poll, came into the Charles E. Smith Center and were dealt a stunning loss at the hands of the GW Colonials, 75-72.
Grad student Megan Nipe led the way for the Colonials, scoring 31 points, the most by a GW player since 2004. Here is every single one of those points, as heard in Thursday night’s broadcast on WRGW with Raynell Cooper and Mike Martenak.
The women will travel to College Park to face the #8 Maryland Terrapins on Tuesday. The tip is at 7pm and can be heard, just like every other GW basketball game, at gwradio.com.