GW Makes Easy Work of Sacred Heart at Home
It was all GW on Sunday afternoon in the Smith Center as the Colonials trampled the overmatched Sacred Heart Pioneers by a final score of 77-38.
GW got contributions from the whole team, as everyone who saw the floor scored, but was led in points by Lasan Kromah and Dwayne Smith, who had 10 apiece. Kromah also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and dished out two assists. Freshman Patricio Garino symbolized the tough Colonial defense as he racked up four steals, including a pair which led to break-away dunks.
A solid game from another freshman, Paris Maragkos, symbolized the full team effort. The freshman forward chipped in eight points, grabbed five rebounds, and even swished a three-pointer much to the delight of the home crowd.
The victory margin represents the Colonials’ greatest margin of victory since 2007. In addition, GW held their opponent to the second lowest point total since 2008. Coach Lonergan’s varied defensive looks coupled with careless Pioneer passing allowed for 12 steals and 19 forced turnovers which transitioned to 23 Colonial points.
The Pioneers, who dropped their seventh straight game, were led by their aggressive forward Louis Montes who had 15 points and nine rebounds. SHU’s Shane Gibson, who came into the game averaging about 17 points per game, added just eight points on 3-of-12 shooting. But ultimately, the Pioneers were plagued by a stagnant and stodgy team offense, shooting barely 23% from the field.
The win, along with last week’s win over VMI, serves as a positive sign for the Colonials, who head into their last non-conference game at Georgia on January 4th before starting up Atlantic 10 Conference play. It was certainly the performance the doctor ordered for a team whose consistency and energy has been questioned throughout the season. Hopefully, this type of blowout victory can become the catalyst for more consistent and improved play heading into the second half of the season.
With the win, GW improves to 6-6 on the season. As mentioned above, the Colonials will now make the trip to Athens to match up with the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday, January 4th. That game tips off at 7 p.m. and you can listen to all the action on WRGW-Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.