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.
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.
Rutgers: Home Dec. 20 against Monmouth.
George Washington: Home Saturday against St. Peter's.
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