It was a game in which GW was simply outmatched by the No.1 seeded and nationally ranked No. 11 Flyers, as Dayton won by a final score of 74-49.
In the end, some strong leadership from the very seniors being honored on the final game of the regular season allowed GW to weather the storm and capture the victory, 68-55.
With confident shooting, dominant rebounding, and its typical tenacity on both sides of the ball, GW ran away with a 17-point lead, garnering a painless 77-60 win.
Thanks in part to the team’s aggressive play until the final seconds, GW walked away with a 57-54 victory over Richmond.
The Colonials shot 51.4 percent over the second half, including 80 percent from behind the arc.
The Colonials ultimately fell 63-59 in double overtime to Duquesne.
After suffering a tough loss against Dayton on Thursday, head coach Jonathan Tsipis praised his team for responding with such an unselfish and energized performance against the Rams.
VCU could not key in on any particular GW player, because many were scoring proficiently.
Both teams entered the game aggressively, and through the early moments of the first half, GW trailed the Gaels closely.
GW’s inside game struggled against Cal Friday night, surrendering a 44-28 points in the paint advantage to the Golden Bears en route to the 70-43 loss.