Women’s Gameday #7: GW vs Purdue & Men’s Gameday #5: GW at Seton Hall
George Washington Colonials (4-2) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (3-1)
3:15 PM, St. Georges High School, Freeport, Bahamas
Media Coverage: WRGW, JunkanooJam.com
Announcer: Raynell Cooper
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The Colonials will compete for the Junkanoo Jam Freeport Division title this afternoon after a strong 74-66 win over North Carolina State yesterday in the Bahamas. Jonquel Jones led the way in her homecoming with 22 points and nine rebounds in 36 minutes of action. Caira Washington added 14 points and seven rebounds as GW used their height advantage to stave off a late Wolfpack rally.
GW will have to utilize their height advantage again today if they want to come away with the division championship over Purdue. The Boilermakers are coming off an easy 69-53 win over Texas Tech yesterday and are led by sophomore guard Ashley Morrissette, who is averaging nearly 13 points per game. The game will be decided in the front court however, with the matchup to watch being the Colonials’ duo of Jones and Washington versus Purdue’s Whitney Bays and Liza Clemons, who combine to average nearly 23 points a game. If Jones and Washington can shut these two down, GW will likely come away the Freeport Division champion.
George Washington Colonials (3-1) at Seton Hall Pirates (4-0)
4 PM, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Media Coverage: WRGW Extended Play, 1500 AM, MASN 2, YES Network, Fox Sports Go
Announcers: Mike Martenak, Keith Woods
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Back stateside, the GW Men travel back to New Jersey to face the first of two Big East opponents on their schedule when they face Seton Hall at “The Rock.” Mike Lonergan’s Colonials squad is fresh off an easy 91-66 win at home over Longwood on Wednesday night, a game in which GW was led by senior John Kopriva, who scored a career-high 19 points on 6-8 shooting. Kevin Larsen added a season-high 16 points while Patricio Garino and Kethan Savage went for 12 and 11 points respectively in GW’s third win of the season.
The Buff and Blue will have a much tougher test today in Newark as they face a red hot Seton Hall team coming off a championship at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Pirates are led by Sterling Gibbs, who averaged nearly 24 points a game at the Paradise Jam en route to tournament MVP honors. He is 12-19 from three-point range and is shooting 63 percent from the field overall, making the defensive assignment for both Savage and Garino their toughest of the young season. Forward Brandon Mobley is the only other player averaging in double-figures scoring for Kevin Willard’s Seton Hall squad, with nearly 11 points and six rebounds per game. If GW’s front court trio of Larsen, Kopriva, and Yuta Watanabe can shut down Mobley and turn the Pirates into a one-dimensional team totally reliant on Gibbs’ scoring, the Colonials will put themselves in prime position to come away with their second road win against major conference school.
Today marks only the fifth time GW and Seton Hall have met, with the Colonials having won the most recent matchup at the 1999 BB&T Classic. Every game between the two programs has been decided by single-digits. WRGW’s coverage will begin at 3:45 on WRGW Extended Play (ep.gwradio.com) with tip off scheduled at 4 pm. The game broadcast may move to the main stream at gwradio.com following the conclusion of the GW Women’s game against Purdue.
Posted on November 29, 2014, in Campus, GW Basketball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball and tagged Ashley Morissette, Brandon Mobley, Caira Washington, GW men's basketball, GW women's basketball, John Kopriva, Jonquel Jones, Keith Woods, Kethan Savage, Kevin Larsen, Kevin Willard, Liza Clemons, Mike Lonergan, Mike Martenak, Patricio Garino, Purdue women's basketball, Raynell Cooper, Seton Hall men's basketball, Sterling Gibbs, Whitney Bays, Yuta Watanabe. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.