Larsen, George Washington top No. 20 Creighton 60-53

Larsen, George Washington top No. 20 Creighton 60-53
December 1, 2013, 10:45 pm
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Kevin Larsen gave George Washington the lead with 1:03 left in the game and the Colonials held off No. 20 Creighton for a 60-53 victory that gave them third place in the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night.

The Colonials took advantage of an off night by Doug McDermott, who came in averaging nearly 28 points per game but finished with seven.

Ethan Wragge scored 16 and Grant Gibbs had 12 for the Bluejays (5-2).

Gibbs tied the score 42-all with 8:26 left in the game and the teams wrestled their way to the finish.

Creighton pulled ahead 53-50 when Jahenns Manigat picked up Wragge's 3-point miss and scored with 2:14 left. The Colonials (6-1) regained the lead on consecutive layups by Larsen and Joe McDonald.

The Colonials then sealed one of their biggest wins in years at the free throw line.

Larsen led four Colonials in double figures with 14 points. McDonald and Isaiah Armwood scored 12 apiece and Kethan Savage finished with 10.

Creighton entered the game shooting nearly 51 percent from the field, but the Bluejays struggled offensively from the start. McDermott, who averaged 28.5 points in the first two games of the Wooden Legacy, was held to four points on 2-of-7 shooting.

The Bluejays shot 30 percent from the field in the first half.

Before Will Artino's reverse layup cut George Washington's lead to 25-15 with 6 minutes left in the first half, Creighton had connected on just 4 of 15 field goal attempts to start the game.

Artino's basket seemed to give the Bluejays some momentum. They converted on two of their next three field-goal attempts, though they had trouble making defensive stops. The Colonials continued to keep the pressure up and took a 32-24 lead into half time.

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