Junior Sean Ogirri led four Shockers in double-figures with 19 points. Senior Ryan Martin poured in a career-high 16 points and registered his first-ever double-double by pulling down 11 rebounds. Kyle Wilson finished with 16 points after scoring just one in the first half while P.J. Couisnard chipped in 11 points in the winning effort.
Sophomore John Vaughan led the Patriots with a game-high 21 points. Folarin Campbell and Will Thomas reached double-figures with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Thomas put GMU on the board early with a quick jumper on the team’s first possession. The Shockers followed with three-pointers from Matt Braeuer, Couisnard and a three-point play from Martin to pull ahead 9-5 in the early minutes.
A tip-in by Phil Thomasson gave WSU an 11-5 lead, the squad’s largest lead of the half. The Patriots followed with an 8-0 run capped by a Jordan Carter three-pointer to give GMU a 13-11 lead. Braeuer put a stop to the run with his second three-pointer of the game.
A Martin layup and free-throw tied the game at 24-24 before GMU finished the half on a 9-3 run to head into the locker room with a six point lead, 33-27.
The Shockers came out in the second half and established their inside game, scoring three straight layups, two from Martin and one from
Six quick points by the Patriots put GMU up 44-43, but it would be the team’s last of the game. Wilson and Martin again answered the call with layups in the post to regain the lead, 47-44. The teams traded baskets until layups by Wilson, Couisnard and a free-throw by Martin gave the Shockers some separation and a seven point lead, 63-56.
Ogirri put the game out of reach with his fifth three-pointer of the game, followed by two free-throws the next time down the floor. The Patriots made a run in the final minute with three-pointers by Vaughan and Campbell, but WSU made free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 72-66 win.
The Shockers put an end to the Patriots 12-game home winning streak in front of a school-record 9,804 crowd in the
WSU won the rebounding battle 31-30, as the Shockers pulled down 12 offensive boards leading to 12 second chance points. The Shockers forced 11 turnovers while only committing seven.
The Shockers will next head to