Junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh finished with 18 points and 5 rebounds in GW's upset over #6 Virginia
It wasn't the ideal start for GW, going down 6-0 to start the game including a easy dunk by UVA's Anthony Gill to get the ball rolling. Although it wasn't ideal, it didn't break the Colonials spirits either. GW would recover quickly and walk away with the win, upsetting #6 Virginia in front of a sold out Charles E. Smith Center 73-68. Senior guard Patricio Garino and junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh would combine for 36 points to lead the Colonials. GW shot 45.1 percent from the field for the game on 23-51 shooting and 82.1 percent (23 of 28) from the free throw line. GW held Virginia to 40.3 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent shooting from 3-point range for the game to secure their first win over a ranked opponent at home since January 14, 1998 against then No. 18 Xavier.
"They outplayed us, they deserved to win"- UVA head coach Tony Bennett said after the game, and looking at the production from both teams, he was dead on with his assessment. Garino shot 7 of 8 from the field for 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds while Cavanaugh scored 18 points of his own on 5 of 10 shooting and grabbed 5 rebounds also. Senior guard Joe McDonald scored 10 points and was perfect from deep, hitting two 3-pointers while also grabbing 7 rebounds and Paul Jorgensen gave UVA fits, attacking the basket relentlessly ultimately finishing with 10 points and ZERO turnovers as a huge spark plug off the bench.
Michael Brogdon led UVA with a game high 28 points on 9 of 18 shooting from the field, 8 rebounds, 4 assist
and 2 steals.
"Its a big win but honestly we are not surprised", said Patrico Garino " we feel we are up there."
GW will hit the road to take on South Florida Thursday Nov 19th at 7 pm
Sophomore guard Paul Jorgensen was the x-factor for GW. Finishing with 10 points and ZERO turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench
Senior guard Patricio Garino was nearly perfect from the field scoring 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting