GWU, Creighton in consolation game

ANAHEIM, Calif., November 30 - In matchup between a developing East Coast team and a prominent, nationally-ranked Midwestern team, George Washington will face off against Creighton Sunday in Honda Center during the final day of the 2013 DIRECTV Wooden Legacy. The game between two teams with 1-1 records in the tournament will tip off at 3:30 p.m. (PT) and be televised on ESPNU.

Both teams won their Thursday opening-round games and both lost in the semifinals Friday during the first two days of the eight-team tournament which were played in Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.

In the tournament opener, George Washington, with Mike Lonergan in his third season as head coach of the Colonials, came from 19 points down in the second half to force overtime and eventually defeat Miami, 71-63. On Friday, George Washington was overpowered by No. 25-ranked Marquette 76-60. In Creighton, George Washington will face its second straight nationally ranked opponent.

For Creighton, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Greg McDermott, and ranked No. 18/20 in the polls, Thursday saw the Blue Jays play to near perfection in crushing a very good Arizona State team 88-60 and on Friday, Creighton was upset by unranked, but very talented San Diego State, 86-80.

Leading George Washington, 5-1 so far this season with all five starters back from last season’s 13-17 team, has been four players all averaging in double figures. Leading the way for the Colonials has been 6-5 grad student Maurice Creek, a guard, with a 14.5 points per game average followed by 6-3 sophomore guard Kethan Savage (13.5 ppg), 6-1 sophomore guard Joe McDonald (11 ppg), and 6-9 senior Isaiah Armwood (10.5 ppg and 8.0 rebounds per game).

As a team, George Washington is averaging 65.5 points per game in the tournament while allowing 69.5 ppg and the Colonials have the most blocked shots in the tournament with 7.0 per game and they are tied for first with Cal State Fullerton with 5.5 steals per game.

Creighton, who switched to the Big East conference this year after being a long-time member of the Missouri Valley Conference, is also 5-1 this season following last year’s 28-8 record and continues to be led by one of the best players in the nation in 6-8 senior forward Doug McDermott who is leading the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy averaging a near-record 28.5 points per game which includes being 13 of 14 from the free throw line for a .929 percentage and a 5.0 rebounds per game average.

Joining McDermott in double figures for the first two games has been 6-2 junior guard Devin Brooks (16.0 ppg) and 6-7 senior forward Ethan Wragge (10.5 ppg).

As a team Creighton is leading the tournament with an 84.0 points per game average and is second as a team in field goal percentage at .508 percent. In their first time playing in the seven-year old tournament, this will also be the first meeting between George Washington and Creighton.