San Diego State Falls to George Washington in NIT Semifinals
NEW YORK (AP) Tyler Cavanaugh had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and George Washington advanced to the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament by beating San Diego State in a 65-46 victory Tuesday night.
Patricio Garino added 13 points for the fourth-seeded Colonials (27-10), who matched the school record for wins in a season and won in their first visit to Madison Square Garden since 2001.
George Washington will play for the crown Thursday night against Valparaiso, a 72-70 winner over BYU in the first semifinal.
Dakarai Allen scored 13 points for No. 2 seed San Diego State (28-10), which struggled to score at times throughout the season and had a dreadful shooting night at the worst time. The Aztecs fell behind by double digits late in the first half and shot 28.8 percent from the field, including 3 for 22 from 3-point range.
It was another big game for Cavanaugh, who came in averaging 21.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in the first three games of this tournament.
Zylan Cheatham led the team with 10 rebounds while adding seven points on the offensive end.
Joe McDonald had nine points and six assists for the Colonials, who start players from Japan, Argentina and Denmark. They beat then-No. 6 Virginia back in November and showed no jitters whatsoever in their first trip to the NIT semifinals.
While it was George Washington's first game at the Garden in 15 years, the team did play four games in New York City this season - all at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.