WASHINGTON (AP) -- Isaiah Armwood scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and George Washington overcame 23 turnovers to beat Manhattan 67-55 Sunday in the opening game of the BB&T Classic.
Armwood, a senior forward, went 8 for 12 from the field and made all seven of his free throws for the Colonials (4-3), who have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
RaShawn Stores had 11 points and six rebounds for the Jaspers (2-4). The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school went 1-2 in a three-game stretch against Atlantic 10 opponents.
Manhattan's George Beamon, averaging 19.3 points entering the game, shot 3 for 13 from the field and finished with nine points. He missed a breakaway dunk with 2:06 to play that would have cut the deficit to four after a GW turnover.
The game was tied at 32 at halftime, and neither team led by double digits until GW closed the game with a 15-6 run. The Colonials went 10 for 11 from the free-throw line over the final four minutes of a foul-heavy game.
Manhattan committed 24 fouls and had three players foul out. GW was whistled for 19 and had one player disqualified.
Lasan Kromah added 18 points for the Colonials. Patricio Garino had 10.
For the second straight season, George Washington's coaches and players took the subway to the Verizon Center for the BB&T Classic, located four stops away from the Colonials' Foggy Bottom campus
Virginia has added another quarterback to its roster for next season as Kurt Benkert of East Carolina announced Sunday that he will transter to UVa.
Benkert announced on April 25 that he intended to transfer. The move to Charlottesville will reunite the quarterback with former head coach Ruffin McNeill who now is the defensive line coach for Virginia.
Benkert's bio on ECU's athletcis website lists him as 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and describes him as "A talented and polished signal-caller whose arm strength perhaps already ranks among the best in the history of the Pirate program ." He was named the starter by McNeill at ECU heading into last season, but a knee injury forced Benkert to miss the entire 2015 season.
As a graduate transfer, Benkert will be immediately available for next season. He will also have two years of eligibility remaining.
Benkert will now be thrust into a quarterback competition in Charlottesville with incumbent Matt Johns and fellow transfer Connor Brewer.
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Harvard forward Patrick Steeves, a 3-point shooting threat, has committed to George Washington men's basketball program, a source revealed to CSNmidatlantic.com.
The 6-foot-7 Steeves, a native of Montreal, graduates from Harvard next month. He is eligible immediately at GW and has two years of eligibilty remaining.
Injuries plagued him early in his career with the Ivy League program, but he turned in a solid 2016-17 campaign with averages of 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Steeves shined from long range, sinking 45.8 percent (33 of 72) of his 3-poit attempts.
California, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Richmond were also after Steeves, accorrding to a source.
Steeves joins a massive contingent coming to help for the 2016-17 season. The Colonials lost six players from a team that won 28 games last season and captured the season-ending NIT championship under coach Mike Lonergan.
Former Seton Hall transfer Jared Sina is eligible after sitting out last season. The heady guard and Steeves will help offset the perimeter loss of seniors Patricio Garino, Joe McDonald and Alex Mitola. Guards Paul Jorgensen and Anthony Swan transfered out of the program after the season.
Incoming big man recruit Kevin Marfo headlines a five-player class. The Colonials also lost starting center Kevin Larsen to graduation.
Leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Cavanaugh returns along with fellow starting forward Yuta Watanabe.
CSN's Brian Mitchell, one of the best punt returners in NFL history, is helping former Navy QB Keenan Reynolds to reinvent himself in advance of the 2016 NFL Draft.
While learning to play another position to increase his chances of getting drafted or making a roster, Reynolds showed off his ability to field punts. And he's already pretty good.
Watch the full segment featuring Mitchell, Reynolds, and CSN's Rob Carlin in the video player above.