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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:10 p.m.

Garino, Jorgensen propel GW in comeback road win

Junior Patricio Garino scored a game-high 15 points on silky 6-8 shooting Wednesday as the Colonials topped the Patriots on the road. Garino added nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and committed just two turnovers in the game. Desiree Halpern | Contributing Photo Editor

Junior Patricio Garino scored a game-high 15 points on silky 6-8 shooting Wednesday as the Colonials topped the Patriots on the road. Garino added nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks and committed just two turnovers in the game. Desiree Halpern | Contributing Photo Editor

In front of a quiet senior night crowd at the Patriot Center on Wednesday night, the Colonials were able to secure their first road win since January in not-so-hostile territory.

A strong defensive team effort helped GW (19-11, 9-8 A-10) snap a five-game road skid in Fairfax as the team took down George Mason (9-20, 4-13 A-10) 67-51 to finish a lackluster road schedule at 4-9.

“I really thought the key was that we played defense like we played the first 20 games this season,” head coach Mike Lonergan said. “That was a much-needed win for us.”

Behind 15 points and nine rebounds from junior guard Patricio Garino, the Colonials turned a three-point halftime deficit into a 16-point victory. Junior forward Kevin Larsen and freshman Paul Jorgensen bolstered the offensive effort with 11 points each.

Garino, who hadn’t scored in double figures in GW’s last three games, looked like himself again. Lonergan said GW is “a much better team” when he and junior guard Kethan Savage are producing consistently.

“The main thing I wanted to accomplish today was to get a win and get Patricio going,” Lonergan said. “He’s been playing defense all year but he’s struggled offensively a little bit, and we need his points, especially this team when we struggle to score.”

The Colonials came out strong and worked the ball inside early for a quick 4-0 lead. They would lead by as much as five and outscore their crosstown rival 18-8 in the paint in the first half, while George Mason opened the game shooting just 3-10 from the field.

Garino and Larsen guided the team with eight points each in the half, but the Patriots eventually found their stroke. George Mason picked up its shooting game midway through the half, shooting 55.6 percent from three in the first.

The Patriots’ starting guards combined for 21 points, including five three-pointers, as GW began to struggle to hold onto the ball. The road team would commit a disheartening nine first-half turnovers, with three coming from Savage.

But the Colonials seemed more composed out of the break, only turning the ball over four times in the second half while finishing the night with 12 assists. Tighter defense, which switched from man to zone multiple times during the game, also held the Patriots to just 24.1 percent from the field in the second half.

“The last couple games, in the second half, [our opponents] have been scoring over 50 percent, and I think we were stopping [George Mason] defensively in the one-three-one and were getting the rebounds that we needed,” Garino said. “Overall they didn’t go to the rim as much they wanted to.”

GW also got a much-needed boost from its bench, which outscored the Patriots’ reserves 22-7 on the night. Jorgensen led the charge off the pine, going 4-8 from the field and scoring all 11 of his points in the second half.

“I struggled the first half, and I was more upset that I couldn’t help my team, so in the second half when I saw my first shot go down, I thought, ‘This is a moment where I can really help us,’” Jorgensen said. “I just went from there, played confident and listened to the coaches and tried to execute.”

An 85.7 percent clip from the foul line and 38 rebounds to George Mason’s 29 would round out the night for the Colonials, who finished shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 5-13 from three.

The Colonials will play their final game of the regular season Saturday at the Smith Center in a 3 p.m. showdown against Massachusetts.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Rob Bartnichak.

Women’s basketball junior Jonquel Jones and head coach Jonathan Tsipis were named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, the league announced on Tuesday.

Jones is the seventh player in GW history to be named Player of the Year and the first since Kimberly Beck in 2008. She is also the fifth Colonial to win the Defensive Player of the Year award and the fourth player in conference history to win both awards in the same season, the first since Temple’s Shey Peddy in 2012.

The Freeport, Bahamas native and Naismith Trophy candidate was the only player in the conference to average a double-double. She was seventh in the nation with 12.5 rebounds per game, sixth in the conference with 15.3 points per game, and eighth in the conference in shooting percentage. She won seven Player of the
Week awards this season and was also selected to the A-10 All Conference First Team and the All-Defensive Team.

Tsipis is the seventh coach in program history to win Coach of the Year and first since Joe McKeown in 2007. Tsipis’ career record at GW is now 63-30 after GW tied the program record for the best 29 game record at 26-3.

Sophomore Caira Washington and freshman Kelli Prange also won honors after impressive seasons. Washington was named to the All-Conference First Team and Prange to the All-Rookie team. Washington was seventh in the conference in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and 16th in scoring (12.2 ppg). Prange averaged 8.6 points and 6 rebounds off the bench this year.

The Colonials will begin A-10 Tournament play on Friday at 11 a.m in the quarterfinals. They will face the winner of the game between VCU and Saint Louis.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

Two weeks into his collegiate baseball career and freshman Robbie Metz already has heads turning. For the second time this season, GW’s Metz has won Rookie of the Week honors in the Atlantic 10.

Metz has done it all for the Colonials, stepping into a starting role out of the gate. He bats second in the lineup, plays second base and pitches – not to mention sporting one of the more impressive beards on the team.

A Washington Post First Team All-Met player his senior year of high school, the Poolesville, Md. native helped GW to a 3-0 week, with a win over Georgetown and a pair of victories against Niagara.

Against the Hoyas, Metz made his debut on the mound. He went five shutout innings, yielding four hits, striking out one and walking none. With a bit of deception in his motion, Metz kept the Georgetown hitters off-balance at the plate.

“Robbie Metz, what a battler,” head coach Gregg Ritchie said after the Georgetown game on Feb. 25. “You come out as a freshman that composed, that maturity. Really kept himself centered.”

At the plate, the freshman batted .286 (4-14) with three doubles, three runs scored, one walk and one RBI.

Against Georgetown, he led off the eighth inning with a double to left, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a double play. It was the third and final run for the Colonials, cementing a 3-0 win and Metz’ first career pitching victory.

In GW’s first game against Niagara with the Colonials down one early in the first, Metz doubled down the left field line. After moving to third on a base hit, he later scored with a delayed steal move. The Purple Eagles threw down to second to throw out the base stealer, and Metz hustled home to tie up the game. He also knocked home a run as a part of a four-run seventh inning.

Metz also scored a run following another double down the left field line in GW’s instrumental seventh inning in their second game against Niagara.

GW will resume play Wednesday against Georgetown following an 8-3 loss to UMES Tuesday. Metz is the probable starter for the Colonials.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 2:25 a.m.

Preview: Men’s basketball vs. George Mason

What: Men’s basketball (18-11, 8-8 A-10) vs. George Mason (9-19, 4-12 A-10)

When: Wednesday March 4 at 7 p.m.

Where: Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va.

After going 3-9 in a season of struggles away from home, the Colonials will play their final road game of the season Wednesday night at George Mason.

Following a 77-66 loss against first-place Davidson Saturday, GW will face the opposite end of the spectrum in the Patriots who are tied with Fordham for second to last place in the Atlantic 10.

This will be the second meeting this season between the two Revolutionary Rivals, as GW took down George Mason 63-53 earlier this January at the Smith Center. The Colonials will cross the Potomac in search of their first road win since Jan. 22.

The Case for George Mason:

Despite dropping three of their last four, the Patriots may enter the contest against their cross-town foe with some confidence after a 28-point victory at Saint Louis Saturday.

With only four A-10 wins thus far, half of which came against last-place Saint Louis, it’s hard to see George Mason pulling off the win. But if they do, it will be behind freshman center Shevon Thompson who averages a team-high 12.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game and paced the Patriots with 11 points and 11 boards against GW earlier this season.

Thompson is followed by junior guard Patrick Holloway and sophomore guard Marquise Moore who are averaging 11.5 and 9.0 points per game, respectively.

George Mason was able to shoot 61 percent from the field and went 17-18 from the foul line in its trouncing of Saint Louis. If the Patriots can stay hot and keep that momentum rolling in their final home game, they may pose a threat to the Colonials.

The Case for GW:

While the Colonials have performed poorly on the road this year, GW should be able take down George Mason, a team they’ve already beaten this season, with relative ease in Fairfax.

Junior guard Joe McDonald who had a game-high 20 points in the Colonials’ last game at Davidson, also had 12 against the Patriots in January. Junior guards Patricio Garino and Kethan Savage also finished scoring in double figures that game to combine for 24 points.

GW leads George Mason in virtually every statistical category, both offensively and defensively, but a fast start Wednesday night will be key in dispelling nerves on the road.

With a favorable seed in the A-10 Tournament still on the line, the Colonials still have a lot to play for. If GW can build a solid lead, look for head coach Mike Lonergan to give his bench some extended minutes and give the team necessary momentum heading into the final game of the season on Saturday.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 2:21 a.m.

Lacrosse stumbles in loss to high-powered Navy

Senior attacker Jamie Bumgardner tests Navy's Annie Foky on Wednesday afternoon. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

Senior attacker Jamie Bumgardner tests Navy’s Annie Foky on Wednesday afternoon. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Ellee Watson.

Women’s lacrosse demonstrated depth but failed to execute fundamentals in a 14-3 loss to Navy.

The Colonials got goals from three different players from three different classes with scoring from junior Olivia Boudreau, freshman Brooke Sands, and senior Rachel Mia, but were overmatched by one-loss Navy, which entered the game on a three-game winning streak.

“Navy was really savvy around the crease today,” head coach Tracy Coyne said, “They have a lot of physicality.

Navy came out of the locker room and into the freezing rain more alert than the Colonials and adapted to the conditions. The Mids took control of the possession and scoring within the first three minutes.

Despite the scoring barrage, the defense put up a fight but was overwhelmed by constant Navy possession of the ball.

“We need to pick up the ball when you’re supposed to pick up the ball, to get back when you need to get back, and to make the pass when you need to make the pass,” Coyne said.

Although they did not dominate possession, the Colonials started making good clears up to starting attackers Boudreau, Mia, and senior Jamie Bumgardner.

Boudreau quickly accepted a clear and ran towards the Mids’ goal in a counter attack, taking a one on one to the net to even the score 1-1 in the fifth minute of the match.

“[Boudreau] is an all around player from top to bottom,” Coyne said, “Especially her execution.”

Boudreau also collected an assist off of Sands’ goal. With eight minutes left in the first half, Boudreau carried the ball around the crease, and passed backwards to Sands who sank the ball above the goalie’s head.

Sands’ goal took the Colonials into halftime down by four at 6-2, but Navy pounced at the beginning of the second half.

“We needed to come out of halftime and get after it, but we didn’t,” Coyne said. Navy held possession for the majority of the second half and constantly targeted the net, outshooting the Colonials 17-4. Their attempts paid off – the Mids scored five goals within six minutes.

“We needed to really respond to those goals and get the momentum back,” Boudreau said.

Mia responded and resuscitated the Colonials’ energy with a goal from a free position shot bringing the score to 12-3 with nine minutes left in the match. The goal put her in second place in the A-10 for most goals with 12 goals, and she averages three goals per game.

Senior goalkeeper Mackenzie Jones collected 10 saves, but that wasn’t enough to stall the Mids, whose only loss came against no. 8 Duke University.

“I’m not surprised by today’s game but I am disappointed with how we played,” Coyne said.

The Colonials head across the country for their next matchup, a Tuesday night showdown at Oregon.

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Men’s and women’s swimming head coach Dan Rhinehart will not return to the program next year, the athletic department announced Monday.

Rhinehart completed his 17th year of coaching both programs this season, as the men’s finished 7th in the 2015 Atlantic 10 Championships last month, while the women’s team placed 11th.

“We want to thank Dan for his service to GW Athletics since 1995 when he first came to GW as an assistant coach on our swimming teams,” Athletic Director Patrick Nero said in a release. “…Dan guided some outstanding student-athletes, and we wish him the best as we look forward to the future for GW swimming and diving.”

In the 16 previous seasons that Rhinehart led the program, the Colonials established 81 school records and 14 A-10 records. He has also coached 74 A-10 champions, eight conference Swimmers of the Year and three student-athletes who competed in the NCAA Championships, while also nabbing the Co-Atlantic 10 Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year award in 2011.

According to the release, the athletic department will undergo a national search for a new head coach.

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Junior Kevin Larsen has averaged 14 points in two games against Davidson, but has struggled with turnovers. Larsen had four giveaways Saturday when the Colonials fell to the Wildcats on the road. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

Junior Kevin Larsen has averaged 14 points in two games against Davidson, but has struggled with turnovers. Larsen had four giveaways Saturday when the Colonials fell to the Wildcats on the road. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

Puzzling turnover totals and an incomplete effort on defense: two reasons GW fell to Davidson 77-66 Saturday night in a game that epitomized the team’s Atlantic 10 struggles.

After finishing 10-3 in non-conference play, the Colonials have lost half of their 16 A-10 games thus far, and seven of their last nine since a win over Duquesne on Jan. 24. The same problems GW faced at Davidson permeate throughout their losses.

Despite a season-high 20 points from Joe McDonald, GW doomed itself Saturday by accumulating 13 turnovers to the Wildcats’ four, with the junior point guard contributing zero.

“When your point guard doesn’t turn the ball over at all, you shouldn’t have 13 turnovers,” head coach Mike Lonergan said. “We don’t really have a guy that’s a lockdown defender anymore and they only had four turnovers. We had 13. That’s a huge discrepancy.”

Junior guard Patricio Garino, a once-savvy ball handler, played a large role in that discrepancy. Tying a game-high four turnovers against Davidson, Garino also leads his team in giveaways.

In spite of being the team’s top scorer, averaging 12.4 points per game, Garino has struggled with passing as of late and it showed against the Wildcats. In GW’s eight A-10 losses the junior has averaged 3.1 turnovers a game, 0.5 more than his 2.6 season average.

Junior forward Kevin Larsen shared the top turnover spot with Garino in the 11-point loss in which Lonergan described GW turnovers as “brutal.” The big man is only averaging 2.2 turnovers per game on the season, but racked up 26 giveaways in the team’s eight conference losses, an average of 3.2 per game.

But smarter passing is only half of the equation, as GW was able to muster 18 total assists in Saturday’s loss after all.

While the Colonials’ once stifling defense showed itself in spurts Saturday, it could not compete for a full game against another offensive powerhouse.

“Obviously we didn’t get enough stops…we’ve got to be better defensively,” McDonald said following the loss. “[We need to start] playing the full 40 minutes, especially on the defensive end, we should never take breaks on that side.”

Throughout the team’s recent stretch Lonergan has also reiterated the fact that his team fails to play a complete game defensively. In an all too familiar trend, the Colonials were strong in the first half on the road, holding the Wildcats to 34.6 percent shooting from the field.

But as Davidson began rolling, GW could not keep up. The Wildcats improved to 48.3 percent in the field in the second half to pull ahead for a victory Saturday. In five of the team’s eight A-10 losses, GW has allowed its opponent to shoot better in the second half than in the first.

“I think it starts with all of us. Even us older guys make mistakes too and we’ve just got to know that you’ve got to play the whole 40 minutes,” McDonald said. “A lot of those three pointers came on fast breaks, and we weren’t getting back. [The difference maker is] just the will to win and get back on D, the will to play defense and that goes for all of us.”

With two games left in the regular season, GW is a more-than-doubtful pick for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. But, like when the Colonials went on a 10-0 run after Davidson pulled ahead by 16 points, they are not giving up just yet.

“I knew [Davidson] was going to be tough and I thought our guys did a good job of hanging in there because it’s hard to overcome those runs,” Lonergan said. “Nobody is giving up on the season.”

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Junior Bobby LeWarne throws a pitch during GW's win on Friday over Niagara. LeWarne gave up six runs in six plus innings pitched. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Junior Bobby LeWarne throws a pitch during GW’s win on Friday over Niagara. LeWarne gave up six runs in six plus innings pitched. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

Maybe it’s the beards, but the baseball team is off to its best start since 2008.

In an effort to change the culture and grow a little good luck for the team, head coach Gregg Ritchie’s no-shave policy seems it will stay in effect for a while. In a weather-shortened weekend series, GW won a pair of games at home against Niagara to improve to 4-1 on the season.

Neither Friday nor Saturday’s win came easy, though, and the Colonials needed all nine to decide both against a feisty Purple Eagles squad.

GW fell behind in the first inning Friday with junior Bobby LeWarne on the mound. It was a rocky start for the Iowa native, finding himself constantly behind batters in a day where the strike zone was unforgiving. In the inning, he hit back-to-back batters and gave up a shot to the left field wall. With the infield in, LeWarne found a groove with his change up, allowing him to retire the next two hitters, limiting the scoring to one run.

“Bobby, he did battle,” Ritchie said after Friday’s game. “He gave us enough. The offense really is what kept Bobby in the game.”

GW came back and tacked on their own run in the bottom of the first. Niagara came back with three more, with the third run scoring on an error by the sophomore shortstop Kevin Mahala. The Colonials matched again, scoring three of their own runs, courtesy of a triple to left center from sophomore Andrew Selby and a base hit up the middle from sophomore Eli Kashi that drove in the third run of the inning.

Selby had a big game with two hits, a triple and a double, drove in two runs and scored four runs.

Every player in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit. But to make it to the party, Kashi had to rework his swing with the coaching staff, quieting his approach at the plate and adopting a wider stance. Heading into the game, he was 2-8 at the plate, with the two hits coming in the previous game against Georgetown.

“You can’t make light of what Kashi did,” Ritchie said. “After the first game, we basically did an absolute overhaul of his mechanical setup, hands, everything. He took it into the next game and he’s been good ever since.”

Following the three runs scored in the second for GW, LeWarne stopped the bleeding until he left the game in the seventh. Two of his runners left on base would score, and he finished with six plus innings, six runs, five earned, six hits and seven strikeouts, throwing 92 pitches.

The Colonials tagged the Purple Eagles for another three runs in the third. But they had plenty more in their bats on the day. After Niagara closed within one run in the seventh, 8-7, GW would then add four more runs in consecutive innings, to eventually win 16-7, with 16 total hits.

“We came back,” Ritchie said. “When they answered on us, the big thing is we answered. We answered in the first and then we they came back strong right at the end, we answered big. I was really happy to see the guys do that.”

Saturday told a similar storyline: the Purple Eagles scored first, but GW bounced back in multiple innings.

Niagara scored the first two runs of the game in the fourth inning off of starting pitcher Jordan Sheinkop, knocking him out of the game after 60 pitches. But the bullpen would go onto piece the win together, yielding three runs on eight hits. Sophomore Eddie Muhl picked up his second save of the season, going two innings to close it out.

GW won the game in the seventh, again, scoring four runs to take a permanent lead. Senior Brookes Townsend came away with the pivotal hit, singling in two runs. The elder statesmen on the team went 3-4 with three RBI and one run scored.

In the process, sophomore Joey Bartosic extended his school-record hitting streak, dating back to last year, to 19 games.

The Colonials will pick up play with two weekday games this week, one against UMES Tuesday and the other against Georgetown Wednesday.

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Photos by Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

Senior Chakecia Miller and her teammates celebrate the Colonials' regular season Atlantic 10 championship.

Senior Chakecia Miller and her teammates celebrate the Colonials’ regular season Atlantic 10 championship.

 

Camila Tapias and Lauren Chase show their excitement after the Colonials' victory over George Mason.

Camila Tapias and Lauren Chase show their excitement after the Colonials’ victory over George Mason.

 

The Colonials wait to cut down the net to celebrate their title.

The Colonials wait to cut down the net to celebrate their title.

 

The Colonials cut down the net to celebrate their Atlantic 10 Conference regular season title.

The Colonials cut down the net to celebrate their Atlantic 10 Conference regular season title.

 

Sophomore Hannah Schaible reacts to cutting down the net.

Sophomore Hannah Schaible reacts to cutting down the net.

 

Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis celebrates with his team.

Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis celebrates with his team.

 

The Colonials form one final huddle before heading to the Atlantic 10 tournament on Friday.

The Colonials form one final huddle before heading to the Atlantic 10 tournament on Friday.

 

The entire Colonials team and staff pose for a photo.

The entire Colonials team and staff pose for a photo.

 

Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis applauds the fans.

Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis applauds the fans.

 

Sophomore Shannon Cranshaw hugs athletic director Patrick Nero in celebration of their championship.

Sophomore Shannon Cranshaw hugs athletic director Patrick Nero in celebration of their championship.

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Senior guard Chakecia Miller dished out five assists with only one turnover in her final regular season game as a Colonial. GW toppled George Mason 80-45 Sunday to clinch the A-10 regular season championship. Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

Senior guard Chakecia Miller dished out five assists with only one turnover in her final regular season game as a Colonial. GW toppled George Mason 80-45 Sunday to clinch the A-10 regular season championship. Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Alex Kist.

Having donned shirts celebrating a conference championship, each member of the women’s basketball team climbed a ladder on the Smith Center court and snipped off a piece of the hoop’s netting as a keepsake.

Bit by bit, they clipped apart the strings that, just minutes before, had been pushed side to side by a flurry of GW baskets in the team’s 80-45 blowout over George Mason Sunday that clinched the Colonials Atlantic 10 regular season championship.

“We were in an unbelievable attack mode from the very beginning,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “It’s one thing to score the ball, but so many of the opportunities we got were because of how aggressive and disciplined we were defensively and understood what we could be able to do with a game plan.”

Midway through the second half, sophomore guard Hannah Schaible ran down the court off the break for a layup. There wasn’t a defender in sight for the Patriots, who the Colonials then led by 41 points. Schaible led all players with a career-high 18 points in the game.

The guards, especially senior guard Chakecia Miller and senior Lauren Chase, controlled the flow of the match beginning in the first half where they combined for seven assists. GW continued to display depth from the perimeter, finishing with 20 assists on 33 made baskets.

“The focus on key players was important, when they go into double and triple team, J.J. and our low post players, just moving for the ball, moving to my teammates and helping them out, I was able to knock down shots,” Schaible said.

The Revolutionary Rivalry matchup against the 12th place Patriots may not have seemed like a gimme, something the team could overlook with the conference championship looming one week away, but GW was locked in from the start.

The Colonials jumped out to a 16 point lead, and the whole game was essentially a big GW run. The Colonials shot 9-13 in the first eight minutes of play, including two three-pointers from junior forward Jonquel Jones and sophomore guard Shannon Cranshaw.

George Mason showed some signs of life late in the first half and notched a layup and two jump shots to pull within 20 points. But GW was able to kick the lead out to 45-22 after Miller knocked down a smooth jumper going into halftime. GW headed into the lockers shooting 55.9 percent from the field, achieving offensive success by getting out in transition and being “crisp on the ball”, according to head coach Jonathan Tsipis.

Fresh out of the locker room, Jones and Chase notched back-to-back layups, forcing the Patriots’ head coach to call a timeout. Even with an extra moment to refocus, George Mason continued to scramble, allowing GW to take advantage of defensive holes in the paint and extend the lead to 59-24 after an 8-0 run.

Cranshaw soared with a three-pointer to push GW’s lead to 67-28. Accumulating 11 fast break points, GW proved it could keep the Patriots’ defense on it’s toes with guards running coast to coast and dishing out accurate entry passes.

The Colonials only coughed the ball up 11 times and were able to notch 27 points off of 23 George Mason turnovers.

The Colonials also finished with 26 bench points to the Patriots’ 19, including three-pointers from freshman guard Mia Farmer and junior guard Aaliyah Brown in the final five minutes of play, and as the final buzzer sounded the Colonials had officially locked the best record in the Conference over last year’s regular season champions Dayton.

“To win the championship outright was something we had talked about over the last week, Tsipis said.”We had the opportunity to control our own destiny.”

With a first and second round bye, the Colonials will compete in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Richmond on Friday. GW will face the winner of the Nos. 8 and 9 seed game at 11 a.m.

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