GW (6-1) rolls on for an 81-69 win at the BB&T Classic
By Greg Shapiro
Contributions by the veteran and two freshmen are the story once again for the George Washington Colonials (6-1) who have their first win at the BB&T Classic in three years as they defeat the Navy Midshipmen (4-5) 81-69. Coming off a career-high tying 25 points at the Smith Center against George Mason on Wednesday night, senior Damian Hollis picked up where he left off with a team-high 18 points on 50% shooting from the field. Though Lasan Kromah picked up his 4th foul with 12 minutes to play in the game, he played controlled basketball throughout the duration of the game to score 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting. Free throw shooting throughout the game and down the stretch played a crucial role as the team shot 16 of 20 from the line. As a team, GW shot just under 47% from the field and just 31% from beyond the arc on 5 of 16 shooting.
Though Chris Harris, whose 20 points per game leads the Patriot League, had his points scoring 26 points, including 7 3-pointers, GW’s perimeter defense did an excellent job checking the rest of Navy’s shooters holding the rest of the team to just 5 of 21 shooting from 3-point land. The key was Coach Hobbs changing the defense from a man-to-man to a 2-3 zone/half court trap with about 9 minutes to play in the first half. GW’s pressure forced Navy out of their comfort zone offensively posting 11 steals and 4 blocks to force 21 Navy turnovers. Navy shot just 38.6% from the field.
GW’s 6-1 start is the best since its 2006-07 campaign in which the Colonials were Atlantic 10 champions and advanced to the NCAA tournament. The team that broke its 6-1 start that year was Providence who dismantled the Colonials 86-67 at the Dunkin Donuts Center. GW will have a chance for revenge as the Friars (5-3) return the favor and will go to the Smith Center for the first time this Wednesday night. As always, WRGW will have all the coverage starting at 6:40 for a pre-game show. Scott Trocchia and Nick Provazza will be calling the action while Bryan Albin and Ben Topiel will be producing from the WRGW studios. The next WRGW broadcast will be this Tuesday night against as the women’s team who look to end their 4-game skid at home against the Marshall Thundering Herd. Be sure to check back here for the game preview and tune in for all the action starting at 6:40.