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Skyler White makes most of opportunity to propel Colonials to big victory

- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

Six minutes into Saturday's game against Fordham, George Washington walk-on Skyler White found himself in an unusual spot - on the floor.

The 6-foot-8 freshman, who had played 19 mostly garbage-time minutes, didn't waste his brief opportunity, hitting 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions and helping the Colonials build an overwhelming margin on their way to a 93-67 victory.

So it went for GW (19-4, 7-2 Atlantic 10) on an afternoon when it hit 16 straight shots from the floor on its way to a 29-point lead, which rendered the second half drama-free.

Maurice Creek finished with 20 points and Patricio Garino contributed 18 on 6-of-7 shooting. Isaiah Armwood and Kevin Larsen scored 16 and 14 points respectively and had eight rebounds apiece. After hitting 76 percent of its shots in the first half, GW (19-4, 7-2 Atlantic 10) finished 59.3 percent from the floor and made 10 of 25 3-point attempts.

"We haven't shot as well as I thought this year," GW coach Mike Lonergan said. "We were just making open shots in the first half, which is great."

Fordham (9-13, 2-7) was led by Branden Frazier, who scored 23 points. But the Rams got only nine points from A-10 scoring leader Jon Severe, 10 fewer than his average, as he shot only seven times.

Garino got the Colonials off to a quick start, scoring on an alley-oop dunk off the opening tip, hitting a 3-pointer, and feeding Joe McDonald for another 3 as GW surged to an 8-0 lead.

"It was a good play to get our crowd going," said Creek, who delivered the pass to Garino.

The quick start set the scene for White's early appearance. His pair of 3-pointers triggered the Colonials run of 16 straight makes, which included six 3-pointers from five different players. The streak transformed a 14-3 lead to a 54-25 advantage. Nick Griffin topped off the run with a 3-pointer.

Afterward, Lonergan compared White to Creighton sharp-shooter Ethan Wragge.

"He can shoot. He makes them in practice. The guys know he can make them," Lonergan said. "When guys like that contribute it makes for better team chemistry and it really helps practice because you know you've got a chance to play in the games it makes everybody work harder in practice."

Early in the second half, Fordham reduced the deficit to 19 on a layup by Frazier. But GW quickly resumed control and eventually built its lead to 31 points. With fans imploring the Colonials to try to reach 100 points, Lonergan slowed the pace and GW didn't score a field goal in the final 4:50.

It was a welcome respite for Fordham after the strafing it took in the first half.

The schedule gets much more difficult for GW as it plays at Virginia Commonwealth, at home against Massachusetts, and returns to the road for games at Richmond and A-10 leader Saint Louis.

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