WASHINGTON – If the unofficial begin to the Chris Caputo period for GW males’s basketball is any indication, the Buff and Blue can pack some offensive punch. Making the beginning of their first recreation expertise on the Charles E. Smith Heart flooring, switch college students Max Edwards and EJ Clark discovered the iron type within the cozy venue, because the pair linked on a mixed 5-of-9 capturing from lengthy vary to spark a GW prolific assault from the house membership within the 78-61 rout.
Mainstay James Bishop IV additionally had his fingerprints all around the win, successfully enjoying each on the ball and off, together with his environment friendly, game-high 19 factors on 5-of-9 capturing (4-of-7 3pt. FG), and game-high six assists, displaying off his Atlantic 10 All-Convention bonafides. Edwards would end with 18 and Clark tallied 11, a promising signal for a backcourt that might be leaned upon to hold the membership’s scoring this season.
Minus the providers of Brendan Adams and Hunter Dean as a consequence of harm, Clark, Qwanzi Samuels and Keegan Harvey, who additionally made his Smith Heart debut on Sunday after transferring midseason final yr, used their alternative to get into the 3-point capturing present, with Samuels flattening a pair in 4 makes an attempt and the 6’11” Harvey stretching the ground for a triple in his two tries. As a group, GW shot 15-of-31 from three, with Ricky Lindo Jr., Amir Harris and Daniel Nixon additionally getting in on the act.
GW led wire-to-wire and owned a 29-point lead at its largest, having greater than doubled up the guests at 53-25 early within the second half.
With preseason follow and exhibition play now within the rear-view, the season begins in earnest when Virginia State involves the District subsequent Monday night time, November 7, for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN+. Previous to the sport on Saturday, Elevate Excessive at GW returns for its third season on NBC Sports activities Washington at 11 a.m., with Caputo joined by contributor Jimmy Patsos to preview what’s forward in 2022-23.