George Washington junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh continued his season long excellent play, finishing with 18 points and 5 rebounds in the win
Using a balanced attack led by 6’9 junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh (18 points, 5 rebounds) and 6’6 senior guard Patricio Garino ( 16 points, 4 rebounds) the George Washington Colonials outmatched the visiting St. Peters Peacocks to the tune of 87-74. The Colonials jumped out to a early lead and never really looked back. The Colonials combined great ball movement with body movement to continually get great shots for each other. They repeatedly gave up good shots for a teammates great one. The rare time where the Colonials were not able to get the looks they wanted with their ball movement they dumped the ball inside to 6’10 senior Kevin Larsen (11points, 11 rebounds) or the aforementioned Cavanaugh who were able to bruise and bully their way to good looks for themselves or their teammates.
The Colonials went on a dry spell where they were scoreless for five minutes late in the second half. During this stretch the Colonials saw the Peacocks go on a 13-0 run led by freshman guard Antwon Portley ( 21points, 3 assists) and junior guard Trevis Wyche (26 points, 4 assists). The two bright spots for the Peacocks were able to get into the lane and knock down shots from everywhere on the court. Despite the efforts of Portley and Wyche the Colonials were able to seal the game behind Paul Jorgensen (12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) who went on an 8-0 run of his own with all 8 coming under two minutes to play.
The Unsung Hero
Joe McDonald finished with 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. These numbers don't jump off the page but the physical lead guard did a great job of springing his team into transition with his rebounding. McDonald also used his strong body to put pressure on the less physical peacocks guards by taking them to the block. McDonald was always calm and cool as he made sure the team executed throughout the game.
GW senior point guard Joe McDonald always under control leading the Colonial charge