Instant Analysis: GW stuns No. 6 Virginia


Instant Analysis: GW stuns No. 6 Virginia

WASHINGTON -- For the question of what is the biggest win during Mike Lonergan's five seasons at George Washington, don't bother looking up old schedules or game logs. Just check out the latest box score.

Patricio Garino scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and the senior guard's energetic performance fueled George Washington's 73-68 upset win over No. 6 Virginia Monday night at Smith Center.

Tyler Cavanaugh also had 18 points for the Colonials (2-0). Sparked by a vocal crowd and numerous standout efforts, George Washington led 35-32 at halftime and for nearly the entire second half, extending the margin nine at 68-59.

Virginia's All-American Malcolm Brogdon scored a game-high 28 points including 11 straight to keep the Cavaliers (1-1) in range. His jumper pulled Virginia closer at 70-66 with 2:00 remaining, but the Cavaliers missed their next three shots, all from beyond the arc. Cavanugh essentially sealed the win with two free throws with seven seconds left.

Over one stretch in the second half, during which Virginia took a brief 55-54 lead on Evan Nolte's 3-pointer, Garino scored seven straight points with two flying tip-ins and a 3-point play. He then fed Cavanaugh for a layup, giving the Atlantic 10 program 61-55 lead with 6:36 left.

GW took advantage of 23 fouls on Virginia by hitting 23 of 28 free throws including 15 of 17 in the second half. Credit the Colonials ball movement for consistently beating the Cavaliers' vaunted defense. Center Kevin Larsen's passing skills keyed the attack as he finished with a game-high five assists along with nine points and seven rebounds.

Brogdon had little help from his fellow starters, who combined for 31 points. Anthony Gill had 11 points for Virginia and Mike Robey scored his 10 in the first half. The Cavaliers shot 40.3% from the field and were outrebounded 37-33. Each George Washington starter grabbed at least five rebounds.

*The start was ugly for the Colonials. Three possessions, three turnovers and a 6-0 hole. Yet the home side calmed down, pulled ahead 13-10, led by as many as nine before entering halftime up 35-32. GW shot 50 percent from the field against Virginia's vaunted pack-line defense. Virginia center Mike Tobey led all scorers with 10 points while a trio of Colonials including Cavanaugh had eight. 

* Lonergan struggled cobbling together a reliable bench in recent seasons. Things might be different this season in terms of talent and trust. Longeran swapped players in and out like a hockey coach in the first half, using 10 players in 10 minutes. At times he only had reserves on the court and at one point made a complete 5-man lineup change. Jorgensen's play at point guard helped the second unit fuel the back half of the opening 13-4 run.

* It's no stretch saying the Colonials were among the worst 3-point shooting teams in the country over the last two seasons. By worst we mean least interested; They ranked 257th (5.5 per game) and 228 (5.7). Adding perimeter threats like Alex Mitola, Matt Hart and Cavanaugh to McDonald, Watanabe and Jorgensen changes things. At times Lonergan had an actual 3-point shooting lineup on the court. Now,  the shots didn't fall (4 of 15), but the signs for better days ahead exist. In this game, GW shot a touch better than Virginia (5 of 20).

Up next: Thursday at South Florida

Virginia stays at No. 1, Middle Tennessee enters Top 25 for first time ever


Virginia stays at No. 1, Middle Tennessee enters Top 25 for first time ever

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 while Duke jumped back into the top five after a pair of impressive wins.

The Cavaliers earned 42 of 65 first-place votes in the poll released Monday. That's 12 more than last week when they reached No. 1 for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era.

The top four remained unchanged, with No. 2 Michigan State earning 19 first-place votes after rallying from 27 down to beat Northwestern. Third-ranked Villanova got the other four first-place votes after winning at No. 4 Xavier.

Fifth-ranked Duke jumped seven spots after beating Virginia Tech and Clemson despite playing without injured top freshman Marvin Bagley III.

Middle Tennessee checked in at 24th, marking its first AP Top 25 appearance in program history.

Complete AP Top 25 Poll for Week 16:

1. Virginia (42)
2. Michigan State (19)
3. Villanova (4)
4. Xavier
5. Duke
6. Texas Tech
7. Gonzaga
8. Kansas
9. Purdue
10. North Carolina
11. Cincinnati
12. Auburn
13. Wichita State
14. Arizona
15. Clemson
16. Ohio State
17. Michigan
18. Rhode Island
19. Tennessee
20. Nevada
21. West Virginia
22. Saint Mary's (CA)
23. Houston
24. Middle Tennessee
25. Florida State

NBC Sports Washington contributed to this report.

Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

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Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

INDIANAPOLIS -- Marcus Derrickson tied a career-high with 27 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, for his eighth 20-plus point game this season and Georgetown beat Butler 87-83 on Tuesday night.

After Georgetown missed two free throws, Kamar Baldwin made a scoop shot in the lane and Sean McDermott stole the inbounds pass, leading to another Baldwin basket to pull Butler to 84-81 with 1:29 to go.

Butler had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but Baldwin's long 3-pointer was short and Jahvon Blair sealed it at the line at 4.5.

Jessie Govan had his 12th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Georgetown (15-10, 5-9 Big East). Trey Dickerson, a senior averaging 3.5 points per game, set a career-high in the first half with 12 points and finished with 18.

Kelan Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds to reach 20 points for the 17th time this season for Butler (17-10, 7-7). Tyler Wideman added 19 points and Baldwin had 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

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