George Washington University's shooters recovered tonight, making 73 percent of their shots in the second half in defeating Davidson, 68-50, in the consolation game of the Shawmut-Worcester County Classic at the Centrum.
In Wednesday's semifinal, GW shot only 37 percent from the floor and 31 percent from the foul line in losing to Iona, 65-57. In tonight's title game, host Holy Cross beat Iona, 66-65.
Troy Webster scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the first half and Mike Brown scored 14 of his 18 in the second half as the Colonials improved their record to 5-3. Davidson fell to 5-5.
Brown, who made the all-tournament team, and Webster each made seven of 11 shots. The team finished with 54 percent success from the field and 67 percent from the foul line.
The Colonials led only 25-24 at the half, but broke the game open early in the second half. Doug Vander Wal, who did not play against Iona, but scored eight points tonight, made two jumpers and Craig Helms scored on a layup within the first 1:45 of the second half. That gave George Washington a 31-24 lead, which it increased to 44-22 with 11:30 to go.
The Colonials played rugged man-to-man defense throughout the game, limiting the Wildcats to 40 percent from the field. Kenny Wilson, who came into the game averaging 17 points, was the only Davidson player in double figures. But he had only 10.