Area basketball roundup: Joe McDonald leads GW to its first win

Joe McDonald scored 21 points and George Washington used a strong first half to pull away from Boston University in a 72-59 win on Saturday in Boston.

McDonald was the only player to score in double figures for the Colonials (1-1), who led most of the contest.

George Washington went on a 7-0 run capped by McDonald’s layup with 6 minutes 34 seconds left in the first half to take a 30-19 lead.

McDonald finished the game with seven rebounds, shot 6 of 9 from the floor and made all eight of his free throw attempts for the Colonials.

Isaiah Armwood pitched in with a game-high 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots.

George Washington went into halftime with a 37-23 lead thanks to a jumper by Armwood.

The Colonials took their largest lead of the contest at 43-23 when McDonald knocked down two free throws with 18:23 remaining.

Dom Morris scored 14 points for the Terriers (0-3).

VIRGINIA 83, SEATTLE 43: Akil Mitchell had career highs with 14 points and 16 rebounds and freshman Mike Tobey scored 17 points as the Cavaliers (2-2) cruised at home.

Virginia led 44-13 at halftime. The blowout allowed Coach Tony Bennett to give plenty of playing time to his freshmen.

The Redhawks (1-1), who won at John Paul Jones Arena two years ago, shot 20 percent in the first half (5 of 25) and only kept the game as close as it was because the Cavaliers had a tough time breaking a full-court press.

Virginia had 19 turnovers but Seattle turned them into just 10 points.

Deshaun Sunderhaus led the Redhawks with nine points and Sterling Carter and Chad Rasmussen each had eight.

Justin Anderson added 11 points for Virginia, including two highlight reel dunks, and fellow freshman Evan Nolte scored 10.

WICHITA STATE 69, HOWARD 50: Carl Hall and Demetric Williams had 11 points apiece and the host Shockers scored the final 21 points of the first half in a Cancun Challenge game.

The Shockers (4-0) led 16-14 with 7:27 left in the half when Even Wessel hit a three-pointer to start the surge. Howard (0-3) was 0 for 7 from the field during that span and committed eight turnovers to fall behind 37-14 at halftime.

The Bison rebounded to shoot 41.5 percent from the floor but finished with 27 turnovers. Mike Phillips scored 12 points, Alphonso Leary added 11 and Prince Okoroh and Simuel Frazier 10 each for Howard.

HOFSTRA 74, UDC 59: Stephen Nwaukoni scored 13 points to lead six players in double figures as the host Pride (2-2) defeated the Firebirds.

D’Angelo Johnson led all scorers with 20 points for UDC. But Michael Terry (13 points) and Quasim Jones (10) were the only others in double figures for the visitors.

Howard falls on the road

Saadia Doyle scored a game-high 21 points but the Howard women’s basketball team lost to DePaul, 68-51.

The Bison led 18-17 following a basket by Doyle midway through the first half.

Yet Howard (0-2) went more than nine minutes without scoring and the Blue Demons (1-1) ended the half on a 15-0 run to take a 32-18 halftime lead.

Brittany Hrynko scored 18 points for host DePaul and Jasmine Penny added 15.

NAVY 64, ST. PETER’S 53: In Annapolis, Jade Geif scored a game-high 17 points and Alix Membreno added nine points and nine points for the Midshipmen (1-2) against the Peacocks (0-3). Navy took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Audrey Bauer for an 18-15 lead with 7:29 left in the first half. Kristal Edwards scored 13 points for St. Peter’s.

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