George Washington took advantage of costly Davidson turnovers late in the game on Wednesday to defeat the Wildcats 79-69 at home. The Colonials shot better than 52 % from the floor and out-rebounded Davidson by 9.
The first half was back-and-forth with GW containing A-10 Player of the Year frontrunner Jack Gibbs to just 9 points on 3-9 shooting. A Joe McDonald last second tip-in gave the Colonials a 6-point lead at the break, tying their largest lead of the game.
For the most part second half was as close as the first, with Gibbs scoring 16 points on 6-11 shooting, finishing with 25. But the three-headed monster of Patricio Garino, Tyler Cavanaugh, and Yuta Watanabe were too good for Davidson’s defense. They combined for 46 points on 17-31 shooting.
With a little over 6 minutes left in the game, Gibbs broke Watanabe’s ankles and knocked down a long jumper to cut the GW lead down to just 3. Alex Mitola knocked down a jumper on the following possession for the Colonials, which was followed by a Gibbs turnover and a subsequent Cavanaugh 3 ball, giving George Washington a late 8 point lead that stood for the remainder of the game.
The win helped GW maintain it’s 4th place spot in the highly competitive A10. They are a half game behind Saint Joseph’s and tied with St. Bona.