Game Recap: George Washington 60, Creighton 53

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

Creighton capped off a disappointing performance with a humbling defeat against George Washington, sending the Bluejays reeling.

What started off as a promising measuring stick for the Bluejays turned out to be a shocking end result.

The No. 20 Creighton Bluejays fell to fourth place in the Wooden Legacy Tournament, after the George Washington Colonials of the Atlantic-10 Conference picked up a 60-53 victory. It was the second consecutive loss of the season for the Bluejays, sending them to 5-2.

The Colonials, a Top-40 team defensively in Effective FG% and 2PT%, manhandled the Bluejays defensively, allowing a minuscule 33.9 FG percentage, and forcing the Bluejays to shoot just 28 percent from the 3-point line. Isaiah Armwood was left with the responsibility of defending Doug McDermott, which was thought to be an unenviable task. However, the senior forward from Baltimore, MD was up for the challenge, and boy, did he ever follow through with it. McDermott was an egregious 2-for-12 from the floor, scoring only seven points in 37 minutes played.

It has been said that if any star player is rendered ineffective, one or two players are needed to step up. While Creighton had two players in double figures, in guards Ethan Wragge and Grant Gibbs, neither were very efficient, and the remaining eight players for Creighton found themselves contributing almost nothing when it came to scoring. Three players who came into the game finished with zero points scored, and starting center Will Artino scored just two points and played just nine minutes.

All credit is due towards George Washington, though. The Colonials were not much better in regards to shooting efficiency, with just a FG percentage of 39.3, but found success from the perimeter, shooting 44.4 percent from the 3-point line, including a 57.1 percent rate in the 1st half. Sophomore forward Kevin Larsen led the way with 14 points scored, and was one of four Colonials in double figures. Armwood, sophomore guards Kethan Savage and Joe McDonald joined with 12, 10 and 12 points scored respectively.

George Washington was able to best Creighton in most statistical categories, including points off turnovers (17-4) and points in the paint (26-20). In short, this was nothing short of a thorough, defensive domination for the George Washington Colonials.

On tap for the Creighton Bluejays is a matchup with the Long Beach St. 49ers. The Bluejays stay out on the west coast, with a 10:00 PM ET tip-off on Tues., Dec. 2.

Four Factors

Factor Creighton George Washington
Effective FG% 40.2% 42.6%
Turnover% 20.6% 15.8%
Off. Rebounding% 31.4% 33.3%
Free Throw Rate 17.9% 19.7%

Player Grades

Player/Coach Grade Comments
Doug McDermott C- All credit goes to George Washington for defending Doug so well. That said, he struggled, and that should not go unnoticed.  This certainly was one of his poorest outings of the season, and it will be interesting to see how he bounces back.
Will Artino D- Artino played nine minutes, had two points on two shots, and collected one rebound and it was on offense. When you are the tallest player on the court, this type of play is abhorrent. Artino really needs to step it up, as his struggles are only growing.
Austin Chatman C- Chatman played pretty well in most areas. He grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists to go along with his seven points. But, his field goal percentage being at 25 percent was something that was too hard to ignore.
Grant Gibbs C Of the five starters for Creighton, Gibbs was easily the best on the floor. While he too was very inefficient, shooting just 33.3 percent from the field, he still picked up four rebounds and two assists and finished with 12 points, the most of any starter.
Jahenns Manigat C While he only had four points in 21 minutes, Manigat took just three shots, and made two of them, which was funnily enough the best shooting percentage of any starter for Creighton. With that said, he added very little in the assist game, but that was due in large part to the rest of the team not making many shots.
Devin Brooks C- Thursday night's stellar outing seems like a long time ago for Devin Brooks. The JUCO transfer had another discouraging outing, finishing with just three points in 11 minutes played. This is no doubt going to be a learning experience for him though. I expect better things from him in the future.
Isaiah Zierden D Five minutes played, one shot, zero points, one turnover. Not much else to say here, as Zierden truly did not add much while he was on the floor.
Avery Dingman D Same story as Zierden and the rest of the bench: an overall lack of contribution. Dingman was another bench player for Creighton who came up with nothing, but did play reasonable defense in the limited minutes he had.
Ethan Wragge C+ THe best bench player for Creighton helped the Bluejays get into position to win the game. He shot 50 percent from the 3-PT line and scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. A very well-rounded game.
Zach Hanson I Hanson played one minute, so it would be truly unfair to judge or grade his performance.
Geoffrey Groselle C- At least, in comparison to his teammates, Groselle was able to score a basket while on the floor.
Greg McDermott C- While it was integral to keep the starters in the game while the game was getting out of hand, some of the minutes distributions here were a bit absurd. You have to trust your guys, but some of the bench players could have maybe used some more minutes played. With that said, there also could have been an additional round of adjustments offensively against the clamping defense that the Colonials have. This did not seem like the best game for all, including the head coach.

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