Five Observations as GW Trounces Ohio 77-49

Cameron Rohde
Assistant Sports Director

  1. Kevin Larsen is on fire right now

Larsen pummeled Ohio for 10 points in the first half. He was far too strong for Ohio’s bigs, and had no trouble creating space around the basket. Larsen also showed off his nifty passing in the first half, and was a brick wall on defense with two blocks. The domination continued in the second half and he finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks. Larsen’s dominant performance caps off a five-game span, where he has averaged 15.2 points,9.6 rebounds, and two blocks per game.

  1. Kethan Savage is the team’s most important player

Savage had his most impressive first half of the year against Ohio. He was a beast on both ends and his dunk over Wadly Mompremier was one of the finest dunks I have seen in person. Take a look for yourself, but I think it should easily be in contention for dunk of the year.

Savage also showed flashes of his potential, hitting his fifth and sixth three-pointers of the year. When Savage can knock down his outside shots, he is unstoppable and the offense, which is usually below-average, quickly becomes great.

  1. Kopriva’s contributions cannot be measured by stats

Kopriva was the most vocal GW player by far, helping the refs when GW pressed by counting to five, calling switches out on defense, and providing positive words for his teammates. Kopriva did not have a bad game statistically (10 points, including two three-pointers, along with six rebounds and a charge) but his contribution cannot be measured just by stats. It is important to remember this when discussing an increase in minutes for Yuta Watanabe. Kopriva always seems to be in the right place on both ends, and his ability to take charges has a huge positive impact on GW’s interior defense.

  1. The 1-3-1 Zone doesn’t look as dominant as last year

The zone has not seemed to work this year. Javarez Willis had no problem finding open spaces and hit a trio of three-pointers against it. Most overlooked Isaiah Armwood’s contributions to the zone, and instead focused just on his shot blocking. It is still early on in the year but it doesn’t seem like GW has the length to run the 1-3-1 this year.

  1. The Colonials were not bothered by Ohio’s length inside

GW did not have any trouble scoring inside against Ohio’s lengthy front line of Maurice Ndour and Wadly Mompremier.  GW scored 26 points in the paint during the first half and relentlessly attacked the key each possession. This is a great sign for GW, who seemed to have trouble in the past against lengthy frontlines, particularly UMass last year, (The Minutemen return Cady Lalanne and Maxie Esho).

Posted on December 22, 2014, in Campus, GW Basketball, Men's Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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