Florida State stymies Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton in BB&T Clas­sic

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Xavier Rathan-Mayes and C.J. Walker both scored 11 points as Florida State used a suf­fo­cat­ing de­fense to de­feat short-handed Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton 67-48 on Sun­day in the BB&T Clas­sic.

Dwayne Ba­con added 10 points for the Semi­noles (7-1), who have won three in a row since a Thanks­giv­ing Day loss to Tem­ple in the NIT Sea­son Tip-Off.

Florida State never trailed while bad­ger­ing Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton (5-4) with their size and length. The Colo­nials com­mit­ted 18 turnovers and shot just 22.6 per­cent from the floor and 17.4 per­cent from 3-point range. Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton es­pe­cially strug­gled in the first half, shoot­ing 20 per­cent while com­mit­ting 11 turnovers en route to a 35-19 deficit.

Florida State, which led as many as 35, dom­i­nated in­side with a 34-18 scor­ing ad­van­tage in the paint.

Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton played with­out two of its reg­u­lars. Ju­nior guard Yuta Watan­abe, the team’s sec­ond-lead­ing scorer, missed his fourth con­sec­u­tive game with a calf in­jury. Grad­u­ate stu­dent Pa­trick Steeves sat out his sec­ond game in a row with a knee in­jury.

The Semi­noles kept Colo­nials for­ward Tyler Ca­vanaugh, the team’s top scorer at 18.1 points per game, to just eight points and six re­bounds. Kevin Marfo led Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton with a ca­reer-high 18 points.

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