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

Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors


Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll

After four of the top eight teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll had a new look behind No. 1 Alabama, with Ohio State reaching No. 2, LSU jumping back to No. 5 and Michigan moving into the top 10 for the first time this season.

The Crimson Tide received all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel Sunday, with Ohio State receiving the other. No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Notre Dame also moved up a spot. LSU jumped eight after handing Georgia its first loss of the season. The Bulldogs slipped from No. 2 to No. 8.

No. 6 Michigan has its best ranking of the season after blowing out Wisconsin and Texas is up two spots to No. 7.

No. 9 Oklahoma moved back into the top 10 while it was idle and Central Florida remained No. 10.


1. Alabama 7-0 (60 first-place votes, no change from last week)

2. Ohio State 7-0 (1 first-place vote, No. 3 last week)

3. Clemson 6-0 (No. 4 last week)

4. Notre Dame 7-0 (No. 5 last week)

5. LSU 6-1 (No. 13 last week)

6. Michigan 6-1 (No. 12 last week)

7. Texas 6-1 (No. 9 last week)

8. Georgia 6-1 (No. 2 last week)

9. Oklahoma 5-1 (No. 11 last week)

10. UCF 6-0 (No change from last week)

11. Florida 6-1 (No. 14 last week)

12. Oregon 5-1 (No. 17 last week)

13. West Virginia 5-1 (No. 6 last week)

14. Kentucky 5-1 (No. 18 last week)

15. Washington 5-2 (No. 7 last week)

16. NC State 5-0 (No. 20 last week)

17. Texas A&M 5-2 (No. 22 last week)

18. Penn State 4-2 (No. 8 last week)

19. Iowa 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

20. Cincinnati 6-0 (No. 25 last week)

21. South Florida 6-0 (No. 23 last week)

22. Mississippi State 4-2 (No. 24 last week)

23. Wisconsin 4-2 (No. 15 last week)

24. Michigan State 4-2 (Not ranked last week)

25. Washington State 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

Virginia and Maryland are among those that received votes, with each team getting two apiece.


Eight ranked teams overall lost Saturday, including three previously unbeaten teams. Joining Georgia among the previously undefeated on Saturday were West Virginia and Colorado.


All the losses up and down the rankings meant plenty of movement. Joining LSU and Michigan as teams that gained at least four spots were:

-- No. 12 Oregon jumped five after beating Washington in overtime. The Ducks have their best ranking since September 2015.

-- No. 17 Texas A&M moved up five after edging South Carolina on the road.

-- It was a good week to be idle and watch teams plummet. No. 14 Kentucky and No. 16 North Carolina State each gained four spots in an idle week, and No. 20 Cincinnati moved up five.


-- No. 13 West Virginia lost at Iowa State and fell seven spots after reaching a season high last week.

-- No. 15 Washington dropped eight spots after losing at Oregon.

-- No. 18 Penn State's second straight close home loss, this time to Michigan State, dropped the Nittany Lions 10 spots.

-- No. 23 Wisconsin, which started the season ranked fourth, dropped eight spots after its second loss.


-- Colorado reached No. 19, racking up wins against a weak schedule, but USC manhandled the Buffaloes in Los Angeles and now they are unranked.

-- Miami, which started the season at No. 8, is out altogether after losing at Virginia.

-- Auburn, which started the season ninth, is out and no longer receiving votes after getting beat at home by Tennessee and falling to 4-3.


-- Iowa surged into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 19.

-- No. 24 Michigan State is back in after a week out.

-- No. 25 Washington State moved in just in time to host ESPN's "College GameDay" for the first time ever with Oregon coming to town. Getting to Pullman, Washington, is notable for the show because for years it has been followed around by Wazzu fans waving the `Ol Crimson school flag.


A week after the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the poll, the SEC lost one and the Big Ten gained two. The ACC has only two ranked team for the first time since Oct. 4, 2015, when Clemson was No. 6 and Florida State was No. 12. The Tigers played for in the national championship game that season.

SEC -- 7 teams (1, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 23).

Big Ten -- 6 (2, 6, 18, 19, 22, 24).

American -- 3 (10, 20, 21).

Big 12 -- 3 (7, 9, 13).

Pac-12 -- 3 (12, 15, 25).

ACC -- 2 (3, 16).

Independent -- 1 (4).


No. 16 North Carolina State at No. 3 Clemson. The ACC's only ranked and unbeaten teams meet in a game that will likely go a long way toward settling the Atlantic Division.

No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU. This will be the fourth ranked team the Tigers have faced -- though two (Miami and Auburn) are no longer.

No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State. Another chance for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines to flipped the narrative.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State. The Ducks look to make it an Evergreen State sweep.