Despite a valiant effort, George Washington (6-2) falls to Providence 110-97
By Greg Shapiro
In what was truly an offensive showcase, the Colonials (6-2) did everything in their power to keep up with the Friars (7-3) Wednesday night in the Smith Center but could not find an answer in a 110-97 loss. 6 Providence players scored in double figures, led by the 19 points of Marshon Brooks. Jamine Peterson and Bilal Dixon added 18 points as well. The surprise of the night was Brian McKenzie who came into the game averaging about 8 points per game but scored 17 in this contest, including a game-high 4 3-pointers. For the Colonials, Lasan Kromah and Damian Hollis were the leading scorers for the second straight game, scoring 22 and 21 points respectively. They were the only two GW players in double figures.
Without question, the story of the evening was the hot shooting performance of Providence that never let up. It was truly a record-making night for the Friars in the Smith Center. The 110 points surrendered was the most given up in the 35-year history of the Smith Center. It was also the most points a GW team has allowed since giving up 108 points to #17 Indiana in a 108-88 first round loss in the 1999 NCAA tournament. Providence’s 16 3-pointers was one away from their school record. Despite Providence’s dominant shooting performance from the start, GW hung with the Friars the whole way. The Colonials managed to keep the game within single digits the entire first half until the Friars closed the half with seven straight points to take a 58-46 lead into the locker rooms. After a 10 for 16 performance from 3-point territory in the first half, the Friars did not cool off in the second, shooting 6 of 13 from long-range in the second half. GW had 8 3-pointers of their own led by the 3 from Kromah.
Though the game did not go the Colonials way, this serves as a great marker for the team and an important learning experience. Against a Big East team who has the capability of shooting the lights out, GW now knows that they can hang around with them. This was particularly important for the guards of GW who stepped up to the challenge of Providence’s full-court press. Point guard, Tony Taylor, dished out 9 assists and had only 2 turnovers. Bryan Bynes and Kromah combined for 9 assists and 0 turnovers. GW as a team committed only 9 turnovers against the constant defensive pressure of Providence.
GW now must quickly rebound from this game as they embark on a 4-game road stretch that begins with Towson (2-4) this Saturday at 4 pm. WRGW will have all your coverage beginning at 3:40. WRGW’s Max Feinblatt will be providing the color analysis with Byron Kerr on WFED starting at 3:45. Be sure to check back here for the game preview.