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Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 8:57 a.m.

Men’s basketball wins first game in Italy

Men Basketball, Isaiah Armwood, Practice

Men’s basketball forward Isaiah Armwood executes a lay-up drill during the men’s basketball team’s open practice Tuesday in the Smith Center. Elizabeth Traynor | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The men’s basketball team won its first game as a part of its Italian tour yesterday, defeating the NSA Naples servicemen 81-40 in the Colonials’ first team action of the 2012-13 season.

A University release summarized the game on an athletics blog, describing the team as “slow to start” but picking up a 30-13 lead after the first of four 10-minute periods. Freshman Joe McDonald and Patricio Garino, both likely starters for the Colonials this season, ran the backcourt, while fellow freshman Kevin Larsen anchored the post, netting 12 first-half points.

“The second half featured some hot outside shooting from [junior forward] Nemanja Mikic, who finished just behind Larsen with 12 points, and some transition baskets to roll to a 65-30 lead after three quarters and eventually an 81-40 win,” the release said.

Larsen paced the Colonials with 13 points, followed by Mikic with 12, senior forward Dwayne Smith with 11, Garino with 10 and sophomore forward John Kopriva with nine.

GW will next take the court Monday, taking on more servicemen at U.S. Army base Camp Darby in Livorno, Italy.