GW Colonials (6-1) look to continue hot start against Big East foe, Providence (6-3)
By Greg Shapiro
Coming off an 81-69 win at the BB&T Classic against Navy on Sunday night and a thrashing of George Mason at home last Wednesday, the Colonials look to give Providence an unwarm welcome to the Smith Center. After senior Damian Hollis was relatively quiet the first 5 games of the season, he has come on strong during the team’s last two wins. After a career-high tying 25 points vs. George Mason, Hollis posted 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting and a perfect 4 for 4 at the free throw line. His 13. 7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game now lead the team. He has been aided by the sensational play of freshman, Lasan Kromah, who is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.4 points per game. He netted 16 points in the Navy victory.
The Colonials will be facing down a tough Providence team out of the Big East. Picked to finish 13th in the deepest conference in college basketball, the Friars have surprised many in this early season. The main reason for Providence’s surprise start has been the play of sophomore forward, Jamine Peterson. The athletic 6’6″ forward is averaging a double double this season, with 17.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He is coming off back-to-back 20+ point performances with a 22-point, 9-rebound effort in a victory against Brown and a 20-point, 11-rebound performance in a 86-82 loss at Rhode Island of the Atlantic 10. He is far from the Friars’ only weapon, however, as the team has four other players averaging 8+ points per game. Their backcourt is one of the best in the Big East with Marshon Brooks and Sharaud Curry combining for 28 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Though the Colonials have faced their fair share of tough opponents this season, there is no question that this Providence team will be the toughest of their non-conference slate. And you can count on WRGW for all your pre-game, post-game, and of course in-game coverage. Scott Trocchia and Nick Provazza will be bringing you the call live starting at 6:40 for a 7 pm tip at the Smith Center on WRGW. WRGW’s Greg Shapiro will be providing the color analysis for Byron Kerr’s call on Federal News Radio. Be sure to check back for all your post-game coverage. Thanks for stopping by.