George Washington's five-game winning streak came to end Saturday in Dayton. Not having starting guards Maurice Creek and Joe McDonald played a factor. It appears that factor will remain in place for the Colonials next Atlantic 10 game.
Creek (illness) and McDonald (hip) are considered doubtful for GW's home contest against Duquesne on Wednesday, according to a source close to the program. The Colonials (17-4, 5-2) are 10-0 at home this season and are tied for third in the A-10 standings.
GW is also without second-leading scorer Kethan Savage for several weeks, meaning coach Mike Lonergan truly had limited options minus his starting backcourt in the 75-65 loss to the Flyers.
George Washington's leading scorer and top perimeter threat, Creek (14.4 ppg) was a late scratch before Saturday's 75-65 loss to the Flyers. Injuries wrecked the Oxon Hill native's career at Indiana, but he's had a resurgent and healthy campaign at Foggy Bottom before this episode. The graduate student's illness apparently remains significant enough that as of Monday night McDonald is the better bet for a Wednesday night surprise, albeit an unlikely one.
GW's only experienced point guard, McDonald did not travel with the team to Dayton after injuring his hip and playing only 13 minutes three days earlier in a 69-47 victory over La Salle. The sophomore averages a team-high 4.1 assists along with 8.1 points.
Without McDonald, the Colonials started freshman point guard Miguel Cartagena. The ball handling stats were surprisingly good - seven assists, one turnover - but he struggled for stretches getting GW into its offensive sets and missed all four of his 3-point attempts. Senior forward Nemanja Mikic replaced Creek in the lineup, but not with his outside touch, missing seven of eight from beyond the arc.
Swingman Patricio Garino scored 19 points against Dayton while big men Isaiah Armwood and Kevin Larsen each had a double-double. Those three scored 52 of GW's 65 points and grabbed 29 of the team's 35 rebounds.
Duquesne (10-10, 2-5) has lost five of seven games.