CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- All season long, Garret McCarty and Nick George have been quite the 1-2 punch for the Charleston Catholic boys basketball team, combining for more than 49 points per game.
Against Buffalo on Wednesday night McCarty put on a show, while George struggled throughout most of the night.
George, however, got a couple fortunate bounces to help change the game as the Irish pulled away from Buffalo for a 77-65 victory at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex.
Catholic (7-2) led the pesky Bison 54-50 late in the third quarter when George shot a 3-pointer that hit the rim, bounced high in the air, and fell through.
Seconds later, George hit a mid-range jumper that hit the rim numerous times before going through, and the mini-run gave the Irish some much needed breathing room.
"It was important for Nick to hit those couple shots and it gave us a little bit of a cushion," Catholic coach Bill McClanahan said. "I'm glad we had it because Buffalo kept cutting into the lead."
George, who was just 1-for-5 at the time with four points - 14.9 below his season average - felt fortunate to get the bounces that seemed to get him and the team going against Coach Chuck Elkins' Bison (6-4).
"I hadn't made much so that was very helpful to get those to roll in," George said. "It was huge and after those two, I thought maybe I should keep throwing it up."
McCarty and George opened up the fourth quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers, and the 65-50 lead was more than enough to finally put away Buffalo.
George finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, but McCarty had it going from the opening tip.
McCarty hit three 3-pointers to begin the game, giving Catholic a 9-0 lead, and had 22 points at halftime. The senior finished with a game-high 31 points.