WASHINGTON (AP) — Maurice Creek's buzzer-beater pushed George Washington to a dramatic 77-75 victory over Maryland in Sunday's BB&T Classic.
George Washington's (8-1) front court took a serious blow midway through the second when both of its bigs were effectively sidelined with foul trouble. Rattling the Colonials with a strong press, the Terps (5-4) used a 19-2 run to tie the game with a minute left, forcing George Washington to turn it over eight times down the stretch.
“It was a great college basketball game. GW is a really good basketball team," head coach Mark Turgeon said. "Their big guys just gave us fits all day and really played well. Of course [Maurice] Creek is a great player and now he’s healthy and playing like it. He made the shot of the game.
A Nick Faust steal gave Maryland the ball, before Joe McDonald took it back for George Washington. The teams traded free throws, before Creek drained his dramatic shot out of a Colonial timeout.
Creek was among four Colonials scoring in double-digits, pacing the team with 25 points. Isaiah Armwood added 11 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double, Kethan Savage had 14 and McDonald had a near triple-double with 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Dez Wells had 16 points and eight rebounds for Maryland. Jake Layman added 13, while Evan Smotrycz and Roddy Peters each had 11. This marked a career high for Peters who also hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 75.
At first, Maryland struggled to find a cohesive offensive front in the face of George Washington's press defense. The Terps couldn't seem to make shots fall for most of the game, shooting 39.1 percent and tallying only seven assists.
In contrast, the Colonials' strong inside-out offensive game helped them build a 12-point lead at the half, shooting 44.4 percent on the game. They displayed greater offensive depth than the Terps, getting 15 assists.