Game 3: Men’s at Boston University
The GW men’s basketball season kicks off its official start on the road in Beantown Friday night as the Colonials face the Boston University Terriers for the fourth straight season. The game will tip at 7 p.m. est from the Agganis Arena in Boston. The Colonials are fresh off a 101-71 exhibition victory against the West Georgia Wolves. Although you can’t take away too much from a pre-season exhibition, a few important points should be noted from the game. One is the overall effectiveness of GW on the offensive end that was unseen nearly all of last season. They shot 52.9 % for the game and were 9 for 18 from 3-point territory. They had a balanced scoring attack led by Damian Hollis’s 18 points, Xavier Alexander’s 17, and Rob Diggs’s 16. When asked who had the best game, Coach Hobbs’ immediate answer was Alexander who had 11 rebounds (led team), 5 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals to go with his 17 points. The stat that has coaches, players, and fans breathing a long sigh of relief was his free throw shooting, hitting 7 of 11 from the line, a vast improvement from his 43 % of last season. The overall style of play was reminiscent of the historic 2005-06 team whose pressure defense and run-and-gun offense led to quick baskets. They forced 23 West Georgia turnovers who never led in the game. The following are some game notes for GW-BU.
GW leads the all-time series against BU 15-1 and are 1-0 at the Agganis Arena, opening their 2006-07 season there with a 70-57 victory…GW has won the last 9 meetings between these two teams, including a 69-56 victory at the Smith Center last season…The last time GW lost a season opener was on November 17, 2004 at No. 2 Wake Forest in the pre-season NIT…GW was picked to finish 11th in the A10 pre-season coaches and media poll…BU finished 14-17 after an injury-plagued 2007-08 season and was picked to finish first in the nine-team America East for the second straight season in 08-09…BU returns their top 7 scorers from last season, including all five starters…BU has had 6 NCAA tournament appearances…Corey Lowe is BU’s top returning scorer who averaged 18 points per game last season which was second in the conference and led the conference with a school record 92 3-pointers and is a pre-season all-America East candidate…John Holland was named the 2008 America East Rookie of the Year who was second on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg) and rebounding (5 rpg) and led the team in steals with 44…Dennis Wolff (’78) and Karl Hobbs (’85) both attended UCONN and Hobbs served as an assistant at BU for 6 years under former GW coach Mike Jarvis and Bob Brown.
The game will be broadcast both on WRGW and Federal News Radio. Tip is at 7 p.m. with a 6:40 pre-game show on WRGW. Ben Sugarman will be handling PXP and Alex Tainsh will be providing color analysis. Julian Gompertz and Ben (Tigre) Toder will be handling production duties. Listen here starting at 6:40. I, Greg Shapiro, will be covering the game with Byron Kerr on WFED. Listen here starting at 6:50. Check back for news and notes as game time approaches.