Game 8: Men’s vs. UMBC
After a disappointing 83-71 loss to Auburn in which the Colonials (2-1) led 44-29 at the half, GW looks to avenge their loss in the Smith Center against a UMBC (3-1) team that won in an 89-79 shootout in Baltimore one year ago. The key source of offense for the Colonials in their first 3 games has also been one of their biggest mysteries in Damian Hollis, leading the team in both points and turnovers per game with 12 and 4, respectively. Another key source of offense around the perimeter has been the spark of Noel Wilmore off the bench. Wilmore is scoring 11.3 points per game, shooting 10 of 18 (47.8%) from 3-point territory and just 1 of 5 (20 %) from inside the newly lengthened 3-point arc. Frontman Rob Diggs is also adding 11.3 points along with his team-leading 8 rebounds per game. Here are some game notes for tonight’s match-up against UMBC.
GW leads the all-time series against UMBC 3-2…The Retrievers are just 1-2 in the Smith Center…The Colonials were 2-11 when coming off a loss last season…Wynton Witherspoon’s career high in points was in last season’s meeting against UMBC when he scored 21…The Retrievers are the first of three opponents to visit the Smith Center who appeared in last year’s NCAA tournament…UMBC was picked to finish fourth in the 9-team America East this season, they were picked fifth when they won the conference last season… The Retrievers lost 3 of their top 4 scorers last season in Ray Barbosa, Cavell Johnson, and Johnny Hodges…UMBC returns their top rebounder in Darryl Proctor who had 17 points and 13 rebounds in their last meeting with GW last season…Proctor is UMBC’s leader in both points and rebounds this season, averaging 20 and 9 per game respectively…Career watch: GW F Rob Diggs is just four blocks shy of Omar Williams for fifth place on GW’s all-time blocks list.
The game is set to tip at 7:30 pm at the Smith Center. Listen here for Dave Earl’s call of the action on WRGW, starting with Chase Carpenter’s pre-game show at 7:10. Listen here for Byron Kerr’s call on WFED with our own Jordan Teller beginning at 7:20. Check back for news and results.
The Colonials were able to withstand the hot shooting start of UMBC who started the game hitting 8 of their first 10 shots from the field. GW stayed in the game through some accurate 3 point shooting from Noel Wilmore and Damian Hollis. The Colonials locked the Retrievers down in the second half and managed to get their season back on the right track with a 70-64 win. The team now has their longest layoff of the season as they will wait 11 days until they play Maryland at the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center on December 7 at 7:30. As always, both WRGW and WFED will have the call. Stay tuned for news and notes.
Also, be sure to listen to the women’s team play at the Thanksgiving Classic at the Smith Center on Friday and Saturday. They will first play South Alabama at 5:30 on Friday night and then will play either Hartford or Liberty on Saturday at 3 or 5:30 depending on the outcomes.