GW Fails to Convert in Loss to Notre Dame
Stephanie De Lancey
GW faced a physical Notre Dame in the first of its four games against BCS teams. The Colonials ultimately could not keep pace in a 65-48 loss to the Fighting Irish on Wednesday night in South Bend, Ind.
The squad visibly struggled to overcome the physically and mentally tougher Notre Dame. However, the overall feeling is that the game proved to be a good learning experience for the young team.
Ultimately, the team’s faulty shooting could not be overcome. Only Isaiah Armwood reached double digits in scoring for the Colonials, leading the team with 12 points and 5 rebounds. GW’s shooting got marginally better as play continued, but the team finished shooting 22-67 from the floor.
GW struggled to find their momentum on the court. The squad certainly had their chances but most of their shots looked forced or rushed. The team played at Notre Dame’s style and pace and could not figure out how to take command of the court. Coach Mike Lonergan subbed his starters early and often, attempting to search for the best combination of players, but late in the second half, it seemed as though he was still searching.
GW had trouble getting around Notre Dame’s 2-3 defense formation. Nemanja Mikic who started the game, never found his offensive groove, attempting only one three-pointer late in the second half.
Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Week Joe McDonald played point most of the night. He added six points, six rebounds and four assists to the Colonials’ effort. McDonald commanded the floor with a good balance between fast breaks, and down-low attempts. The scoreboard did not reflect McDonald’s efforts but instead reflected the lack of converted chances. Notre Dame held a comfortable lead of at least nine points most of the night.
GW’s night wasn’t any easier on defense. The Colonials’ offensive struggles were augmented by a strong performance from Notre Dame’s center Garrick Sherman, who scored 18 points with 7 rebounds. To complement Sherman’s performance, forward Jack Cooley put up eight points and eight rebounds creating a double-team effect that was too hard to defend.
With the loss, the Colonials drop to 1-2 on the season and now get set to face Hofstra University on Saturday in the Smith Center. Tip off is at 2 p.m. and you can listen to all the action on WRGW-Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.