GW Gets Ugly Home Win over Fordham

Jeff Pawling
Men’s Basketball Writer

WASHINGTON – A win, no matter how ugly it is, is still a win in the end.

That sentiment could not be any truer than it was on Wednesday night, as GW defeated Fordham 68-60 despite converting on only 46 percent of their free throw attempts and making only one of eight three-point opportunities.

Freshman center Kevin Larsen led the way for the Colonials, scoring 15 points on 6-11 shooting to go along with five rebounds while senior guard Lasan Kromah added 13 points on 6-8 shooting in 29 minutes off the bench. Isaiah Armwood also had a solid outing for GW, coming a bucket away from securing another double-double with eight points and 12 rebounds. However, the Colonials may have lost a key contributor for their all too important stretch run as senior guard Bryan Bynes left the game with an undisclosed right knee injury, leaving a large void defensively for GW.

An extremely slow start out of the gate for the Colonials, which saw them get down 7-2 a little under three minutes in was combated with a 23-9 run over the next ten minutes that gave GW a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the night. The closest Fordham would get to the Colonials from that point was four as GW took a 36-32 lead into halftime.

Choppy play would dominate the second half of action as strings of Fordham baskets that seemed to keep them in the game would be countered with GW’s own succession of buckets that would seemingly take Fordham right out of it. The Colonials would attempt to keep it interesting down the stretch, missing key free throws as part of a half that saw them shoot 12-26 from the charity stripe. But Fordham’s inability to make a key shot to put GW truly on their heels going to the finish was the death knell for the Rams, who fell to 6-21 and 2-10 in the Atlantic 10 with the loss.

As for the Colonials, winning ugly is certainly not going to fretted upon too much as the victory was desperately needed for this team, which seemed to still be reeling from being dismantled by Shaka Smart’s highly talented VCU squad last Saturday night. However, the two biggest red flags to emerge out of tonight’s performance were issues that have arisen and plagued them over the past three games: free throw and three-point shooting. The Colonials’ free throw shooting has gotten progressively worse over the past three contests, dropping from 70 percent against Butler to tonight’s dismal 46 percent, turning what should have been an easy win into a win that the team and its fans had to sweat out.

In addition, tonight’s disappointing 1-8 mark from beyond the arc means that the Colonials are now 3-27 from three-point land over the past three games. Their poor three-point shooting contributing to their heartbreaking loss to Butler two Saturdays ago and may have cost them another game tonight had they been playing an opponent stronger than Fordham.

And that is ultimately what the silver-lining was in this game. GW was lucky to have been playing a struggling Fordham team at home tonight and not a tougher Atlantic 10 team battling for seeding in the conference tournament. The Colonials may have emerged victorious tonight, but make no mistake about it, they have some serious flaws that need quick remedying if they are to emerge from their brutal final stretch of the regular season with their ticket punched to Brooklyn for the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

GW (12-12, 6-5 Atlantic 10) now get ready to travel to northwest Philadelphia for a matchup with tenth place St. Joseph’s, who trail the Colonials by a game in the Atlantic 10 standings. Our coverage of that matchup from the Hagen Arena starts at 3:45 on Saturday with tipoff at 4 p.m. on WRGW Sports-Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.

About Jeff Pawling

Co-Assistant Sports Director, News & Social Media, WRGW District Radio

Posted on February 20, 2013, in Campus, GW Basketball, Men's Basketball and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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