Colonials use late run to down Spiders


Colonials use late run to down Spiders

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The last time Patricio Garino and George Washington saw Richmond was "heartbreaking," the senior forward said, recalling a 98-90 double-overtime loss on its home court in late January.

Garino made sure it didn't happen again Wednesday night, scoring all 16 of his points in the second half and fueling a decisive 14-4 run in a 73-61 victory.

"This was definitely a revenge game for us," Garino, one of three seniors in the starting lineup, said after the Colonials' third straight victory.

"This time of the year, it's very fundamental to stay focused all the time, but I think our experience is paying off now," Garino said.

Kevin Larsen scored 14 and Tyler Cavanaugh and Joe McDonald added 13 each for the Colonials (21-7, 10-5 Atlantic 10). George Washington won despite a scoring drought of more than four minutes in the closing minutes because Richmond went more than six minutes without a field goal and scored just two points in that stretch.

"Our defensive pressure increased and we rebounded better," McDonald said of the second half, when George Washington outrebounded Richmond 21-12. "We were the aggressor I felt like, in the second half, pushing in transition, getting to the free-throw line, and when we do that, it kind of helped open up the game for us."

Terry Allen scored 16 points to lead the Spiders (14-13, 6-9), who lost their third in a row. T.J. Cline added 15 and 10 rebounds.

The Spiders rallied from a 43-38 deficit to pull even at 45, then went cold as the Colonials took command.

"It was pretty frustrating," Allen said, "but we have to look past that and try to keep our composure and try to keep our heads in the game and move on to the next play."

Paul Jorgensen's 3-pointer sparked the decisive run after the Spiders pulled even. Matt Hart added a pair of free throws and Garino made a 3-pointer following a bucket by the Spiders' Julius Johnson. After Allen scored for Richmond, Garino added an inside basket, Alex Mitola hit a pair of free throws and Garino added a pair to finish the burst, which put the Colonials ahead 59-49 with 7:27 to play. Richmond got no closer than eight the rest of the way.

Richmond was within 53-49 after Allen's basket with 9:07 to play, then got only a pair of free throws from Jones over the next six minutes before Cline's 3-point play with 2:58 remaining made it 62-54.

George Washington scored the last seven points of the first half to lead 32-30 at the break.

Trailing 23-14 after a 14-3 run by the Colonials, the Spiders answered with a 16-2 burst to lead 30-25.



George Washington finished 24 for 31 from the free throw line, and the host Spiders were just 9 of 14.


George Washington: Garino, the Colonials' No. 2 scorer with a 13.8 average, didn't score until the 17:24 mark of the second half. ... Cavanaugh, who started the game shooting 87.6 percent from the free-throw line, missed four of six from the stripe before halftime. He'd missed only 18 of 145 previously.

Richmond: Jones, the Spiders No. 3 scorer with a 15.3 average, didn't score until he hit a 13-foot jumper 2:56 before halftime. He finished with just eight points on 3 for 9 shooting. ... The Spiders started the night averaging 10.3 turnovers per game, but had nine by halftime and finished with 13.


George Washington is at home against VCU on Saturday.

Richmond travels to Pittsburgh to play Duquesne on Saturday.

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We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington


We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington

It’s happened. The Caps no longer seem to have a No. 1 goalie anymore, they have a No. 1 and 1a.

That’s right, we have a goalie rotation in Washington.

“There's no sense riding one,” Barry Trotz said after practice on Monday. “[Braden Holtby] is coming back and looking better every game and [Philipp Grubauer] played pretty well for a long stretch so why not have both of them going?”

Grubauer got the start Sunday in Philadelphia and Holtby is slated to get the start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. After that we will have to wait and see.


Trotz has no layout for which goalie he wants to start and when in the remaining ten games. He is not thinking about each goalie splitting five games or which one he wants to use more.

Nope. Trotz has just one thing on his mind. It is all about who starts the next game, that’s it.

“I think you just go with a guy that's hot at the time and your team feels comfortable with and go from there,” Trotz said.

So where does this leave the goaltending situation when it comes to the playoffs? A goalie rotation is all well and good in the regular season, but he has to have one starter for the postseason, right?

Not necessarily.


When Trotz was asked if he philosophically believed in having one starter for the playoffs, Trotz initially said he would not answer, but then said, “Why don't you ask Mike Sullivan what he thinks.”

Sullivan, of course, is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins who has led his team to a Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons despite turning to both goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray in both seasons.

While Pittsburgh’s goalie rotation was largely based on injury, however, it still provides an example of how using both goalies can work in the playoffs and that seems to be the path the Caps are headed on at the moment.

Said Trotz, “You just have to go with your gut who you think is going to get the job done.”

UMBC's NCAA Tournament hopes end vs. Kansas State, but its Cinderella run was unforgettable


UMBC's NCAA Tournament hopes end vs. Kansas State, but its Cinderella run was unforgettable

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — UMBC's improbable run through the NCAA Tournament was brief. The statement the Retrievers made and their place in history is forever.

For one weekend in March, the tiny commuter school from Baltimore known for its academics and championship-winning chess team captured the hearts of the college basketball world and beyond. UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 in March Madness, a victory over Virginia that made the Retrievers the ultimate Cinderella.

The fairytale came to an end Sunday night in a 50-43 loss to No. 9 Kansas State -- heartbreaking because it was a game UMBC could have won, but still satisfying because the Retrievers touched so many people by accomplishing what many thought was impossible.

"We put our name on the map. We gave hope to teams that come to the tournament with lower seeds," said senior guard K.J. Maura. "I think we gave hope to guys that are not even that tall like me. People that feel like they are underdogs in their life, I think we gave hope to everything they want to do in life."


Stephen Curry noticed the team and sent UMBC the sneakers the team wore against Kansas State. The Golden State Warriors had his Curry 5s, which are in limited release, and other swag sent to the team. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams declared the Retrievers "Surgeon General approved" and posted a photo of himself on Facebook wearing a sweatshirt from his alma mater.

NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers tweeted to UMBC guard Joe Sherburne, who claims to be Rodgers' biggest fan. And for a team addicted to the video game "Fortnite," their dreams were made when Ninja, a popular gamer who recently played against rapper Drake and JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers, FaceTimed with the team early Sunday.

"They play with passion, they play with heart, they play together," coach Ryan Odom said. "We do things together for one another, and obviously when you have a big win like that (over Virginia) and it's so shocking, you know, people love to see that. They love to see the upset.

"And our guys handled it with grace and understood the circumstances. They weren't pounding their chests or anything. They expected to be here and expected to compete."

When UMBC returned to the locker room following its ouster, Odom had written just one word on the whiteboard. The Retrievers needed a buzzer-beating 3 against Vermont to win their conference title and make the NCAA Tournament, but they showed up believing they could beat Virginia, and the same about Kansas State.


So Odom simply penned "Proud" on the board for his players.

"Just very proud of these kids and what they've been able to do as the representatives that they are for our university," Odom said. "Just captured our country and beyond, to be honest, from a sporting perspective and it's really, really neat to see."

Sherburne said Odom relayed stories from friends who had texted or called from outside the country to rave about UMBC. Near tears after an 0-for-9 shooting night, Sherburne found consolation in the joy UMBC brought to so many.

"From when we beat Vermont until the last two hours were the greatest time of my life," Sherburne said. "What we did, everyone in here, it's the greatest time of our lives."

Odom arrived at UMBC two years ago and inherited a team accustomed to losing. He told them he was going to get them to .500 that first year; they thought he was joking. But slowly the culture changed and the Retrievers did everything Odom told them they could accomplish.

And then some.

"When I got here, first we were a four-win team that year, and then the next year we went on to win seven games," said graduate student Jairus Lyles. "Then Coach Odom and his staff came in, we won 21 games and this year we had a tremendous season."

Odom doesn't know how far the UMBC program can grow. Those four letters are now synonymous with the biggest upset in college basketball history, but it's a long way from becoming a basketball school.

"UMBC is a unique place -- lot of high achieving kids on campus," Odom said. "We want guys that want to be great from a basketball perspective and want to play after college. But, at the same time, we want folks that are highly motivated academically that want to do great things past basketball. Because the air goes out of the ball at some point for everybody."