Washington – If the unofficial start of the GW Men’s Chris Caputo era is any indication, Buff and Blue could pack some offensive punch. Starting their first game experience on the floor of the Charles E. Smith Center, transfer students Max Edwards and EJ Clark found irons in the comfort of the field as the duo went 5-for-9 from long range Shots into the 78-61 rout sparked GW’s prolific offense from the home club.
Mainstay James Bishop IV also had his fingerprints in the win, playing effectively on and off the ball with an efficient, game-high 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting ( 4-of-7 from the field from 3-point range), and a game-high 6 assists, showing his strength in 10 All-NBA appearances in the Atlantic. Edwards ended up with 18 points and Clark with 11, a promising sign for a backcourt that will rely on it to carry the club’s points this season.
Minus Brendan Adams and Hunter Dean, who were sidelined by injuries, Clarke, Kuwanzi Samuels and Keegan Harvey also made their Smith Center debuts on Sunday following last year’s midseason transfers, using Their chances went into the 3-point shooting show, with Samuels knocking down a pair on four attempts and the 6-foot-11 Harvey pulling the floor for a 3-pointer on two attempts. As a team, GW joined Ricky Lindo Jr., Amir Harris and Daniel Nixon on 15 of 31 3-pointers.
GW led line-to-line and held the largest 29-point lead, more than doubling the visitors to a 53-25 run early in the second half.
With preseason practice and exhibition games back, the season officially kicks off when Virginia gets a tip next Monday night (November 7) at 7 p.m. on ESPN+. Ahead of Saturday’s game, GW’s Raise High returns for a third season on NBC Sports Washington at 11 a.m., with Caputo joining contributor Jimmy Patsos for a preview of the future of the 2022-23 season.