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Cavanaugh with career-high 22 points; GW beats Rutgers 83-49

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Cavanaugh with career-high 22 points; GW beats Rutgers 83-49

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tyler Cavanaugh scored a career-high 22 points and George Washington had one of its best defensive games of the season in an 83-49 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.

Cavanaugh hit 7 of 9 shots and had six rebounds for the Colonials (9-1), who improve to 7-0 at home in their second consecutive victory over a Big Ten opponent.

Paul Jorgensen added 10 points for GW, which forced Rutgers into a season-high 22 turnovers and swiped 18 steals, and opened the game on a 23-2 run.

Bishop Daniels scored 12 points and Mike Williams added 11 for the Scarlet Knights, whose 24 first-half points were their fewest in a period this season.

Rutgers (4-6) has lost five of its last six games, the last two defeats by a combined 63 points.

Cavanaugh continues to shine since transferring Wake Forest, having scored at least 15 points in seven games with the Colonials.

He got started early, hitting a jump-hook, a 3-pointer and a pair of foul shots to help GW to a 9-0 lead.

D.J. Foreman's reverse layup ended Rutgers' 0-for-8 drought with 5:18 gone in the half. But GW's early dominance continued, with Matt Hart, Patricio Garino and Cavanaugh each hitting 3-pointers before Garino's scoop layup made it 23-2.

Later, Joe McDonald's four straight free throws pushed GW's lead to 44-17 before Rutgers closed the half on a modest 8-2 run.

Cavanaugh hit the opening layup of the second half to make it 48-24. Another layup pushed it to 61-33 before his 3-pointer from the top of the arc made it 71-40.

TIP-INS

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights play their next four at home before traveling to facing Big Ten foe Wisconsin on Jan. 2 . Rutgers also struggled with turnovers in its previous game against a school in Washington, making 20 in an 82-70 home victory over Howard on Nov. 15.

George Washington: The Colonials committed only two first-half turnovers. . GW's back-to-back wins over Big Ten schools ended a drought of 38 years without a win against the conference.

UP NEXT

Rutgers: Home Dec. 20 against Monmouth.

George Washington: Home Saturday against St. Peter's.

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.