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Cavanaugh scores 18; No. 21 GW beats St Peter's 87-74

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Cavanaugh scores 18; No. 21 GW beats St Peter's 87-74

By IAN QUILLEN

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tyler Cavanaugh scored 18 points and No. 21 George Washington finished its home nonconference schedule unbeaten with an 87-74 victory over Saint Peter's on Saturday.

Kevin Larsen added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Colonials, who are ranked for the first time since the end of the 2005-06 season.

Patricio Garino scored 16 points and Paul Jorgensen had 12 for George Washington (10-1), which shot 55 percent (32 of 58) and outrebounded Saint Peter's 34-24.

Trevis Wyche scored a career-high 26 points and Antwon Portley added 21 for Saint Peter's (3-6), which trailed by as many as 23 points in the first half before closing within 11 late.

George Washington finished 8-0 at home against nonconference opponents, and will play twice on the road before beginning its Atlantic 10 schedule at home against Fordham.

Cavanaugh continued to be the Colonials' primary scoring option Saturday, scoring at least 15 points for the eighth time this season.

Garino and Larsen both emerged from offensive slumps. Garino had scored in double figures in GW's first seven games before going his past three games without hitting the 10-point mark. Larsen reached double figures for the first time in five games.

Larsen scored six points during a 13-0 run that helped the Colonials take a 33-13 first-half lead, and GW entered halftime up 46-29.

Jorgensen's 3-pointer in the second half made it 79-55 before Saint Peter's answered with a 13-0 run. But Alex Mitola hit a pair of free throws before Jorgensen hit a runner and then a 3-pointer to stretch it to 86-70.

TIP-INS

George Washington: The Colonials scored 46 first-half points for a second consecutive game. They led Rutgers 46-24 at halftime last Saturday. ... Mitola's eight points were his most since transferring to GW for his senior season.

Saint Peter's: The Peacocks played their first game in Washington since the 1995-1996 season . Saint Peter's fell to 34-85 against Atlantic 10 opponents. . Freshman F Mamadou Ndiaye left the game with a leg injury.

UP NEXT:

George Washington: At DePaul on Tuesday.

Saint Peter's: Home against Saint Francis Brooklyn on Wednesday

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.