GW MBB takes on UCF 12/15/16
By: Matt Montag
The George Washington Colonials (7-4) will look for their third straight win Thursday night as they host the University of Central Florida Knights (7-2) at the Smith Center.
The Colonials eked out a win last Wednesday in Philadelphia against Temple and three days later soundly defeated Howard at home, 79-62. Jaren Sina had his best game yet as a Colonial on Saturday, shooting for five three-pointers before halftime and scoring a career-high 20 points. Also having a nice game as usual was Tyler Cabanaugh, who finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds on the day, his fourth double-double of the year.
The Colonials and especially Freshman Collin Smith will face quite the challenge in guarding Sophomore Center Tacko Fall who at 7-foot-6 is both the tallest player in the NCAA and one of the 40 tallest human beings in the entire world. Fall leads the nation in field goal percentage (83.3) and rebounds (13.1), while also leading the Knights in blocked shots per game (2.6). Fall is not the only player the Colonials should be worried about as Sophomore B.J. Taylor and redshirt Senior Matt Williams are both averaging more than 15 points per game (16 and 15.6 respectively).
The Knight’s head coach Johnny Dawkins, who spent his eight previous years as head coach of Stanford, has the Knights off to their best start in 6 years. His defense leads the American Athletic Conference in points allowed per game (55.3), and his team ranks second in the nation in scoring defense.
The Colonials will face one of their biggest challenges of the year tomorrow night, and I don’t see them being able to pull out the victory against Tacko Hall and the Knights. Tip off is set for 7 PM with WRGW coverage starting at 6:50 PM on gwradio.com.