It’s official: Joe McDonald has earned Scott Ferrall “BMOC” status.
The George Washington guard scored a game-high 19 points – including the game-winning put-back as time expired – to beat Dayton, 65-64, on his home floor Friday night.
“That was a memory for ages,” McDonald said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I’m definitely going to remember that. It’s always good to do it at home for our fans that support us so well. It was a good environment.”
George Washington trailed 64-63 in the final seconds, when Kethan Savage drove to the bucket to attempt a game-winning lay-up. His shot was swatted by Dayton’s Dyshawn Pierre, but the ball went right to McDonald, who jumped and put the ball off the glass all in one motion for the win.
“I just tried to make as many plays as I could,” McDonald said.
The junior from Virginia certainly did that, shooting 8-of-13 from the floor – including 3-of-7 from three-point range – to go with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
McDonald was one of the three GW starters to finish in double figures, the others being Patricio Garino and Kevin Larsen, who had 13 and 11 points, respectively.
“We had a great week of practice,” McDonald said. “And me personally, I had a great week. Getting in the gym a little bit extra, I think it’s really paying off. We had two bad losses this past week and we just wanted to get back on track, especially at home against a good team like Dayton with a high RPI. It’s going to be a big win for us.”
GW led by three at the break and was outscored by three in the second half before winning at the buzzer in overtime. The game was as close as could be.
“We knew we were going to get a dogfight with Dayton,” McDonald said. “They’re one of the best teams in the league, especially defensively. But we thought we had the advantage with our height.”
Larsen, a 6-10 forward, finished with game-highs in rebounds (eight) and assists (five).
“Kevin Larsen did a great job, especially passing the ball,” McDonald said. “He found us in our open spots. We had to have guys make plays, and we made those plays tonight.”
With the win, GW improved to 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the A-10, which has several quality teams, including No. 18 VCU (18-4, 8-1), Rhode Island (15-5, 7-2) and Dayton (17-5, 7-3).
Still, it seems the conference doesn’t get the respect it should.
“A little,” McDonald said, “but like you said, it’s a great league. There’s always a good game, especially playing on the road.”
GW next plays at Duquesne (7-13, 2-7) this Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.
“There’s nothing easy in the A-10,” McDonald said. “We just got to make sure we prepare the same way we did for the Dayton game.”