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Dayton comes to town for Senior Night

By: Zuri Lawrence

The Colonials men are home for the last time this season with an A-10 matchup against top ranked Dayton. GW (17-13, A-10 9-8) is currently sixth in the A-10 standing so this game is a much needed win going in to tournament time and with a one-point win over Fordham on Wednesday will have to keep the fire burning to beat the top ranked team in the A-10. With the game beginning with a sendoff for seniors Tyler Cavanaugh and Matt Hart, the team has an incentive to end their regular season with an impressive win.

The Flyers (24-5, A-10 15-2) come in at the top, riding a nine-game win streak, their last loss coming in January to VCU (73-68). Dayton has already punched a ticket to the NCAA tournament later this month and a win to end the season would only cement them as the dominant A-10 team – if the point was not already made. Just looking at the offensive stats, the team does not come across as overbearing, shooting 47 percent from the field, 38 percent from beyond the arch and 70 percent from the line – the defense is what makes a statement. The team averages 4 blocks and 8 steals a game, which makes them a major threat in transition points, which has proven to be a spot of improvement for the Colonials. Even though the Flyers have secured a tournament appearance, expect them to bring both dimensions to the game to prove that they deserve their ticket.

The Colonials are coming off their fourth consecutive win out of their last five games, in which Cavanaugh has played a huge role in all of their wins. Cavanaugh has continued scoring double digits in the team’s recent wins but his free throws are what have been the deciding factor – he scored three free throws with .9 seconds left of game play to put the Colonials up by one on Wednesday. Hopefully Cavanaugh will bring his free throw shooting and Matt Hart will bring his NBA three-point shooting range; other players to watch will be Patrick Steeves and Yuta Watanabe. Steeves has been playing more in recent games and showing how aggressive he can be in paint while Yuta has been shooting well from everywhere on the court and forcing turnovers on defense. If GW brings out their transition defense and moves quickly on offense, they could come out with a win in this underdog game.

Prediction: GW – 77 Dayton – 75

GW Women Begin A-10 Tourney with Quarterfinal Matchup vs Duquesne

By: Jack Linnehan

The GW Women’s basketball team begins their quest for a 3rd straight A-10 conference tournament championship today with a matchup against the last team to beat them, the Duquesne Dukes. Duquesne traveled to Washington, DC and handed GW a 10 point loss, but the Colonials won 7 straight after that to close out the regular season on a hot streak.

The Colonials have been led by Lexi Martins, who has averaged 16.1 ppg and 8.8 rpg in conference play. The grad transfer forward has been a reliable presence in the frontcourt, posting 8 double-doubles and 16 10+ point scoring games.

The Dukes enter fresh off a 66-55 victory over George Mason in the first round of the tournament. Duquesne is led by Chassidy Omogrosso with 13.8 ppg, however during conference play it has been Julijana Vojinovic leading the way offensively, with 13.6 ppg.

With senior leadership from Martins as well as Caira Washington, Hannah Schaible, and Shannon Cranshaw, the Colonials have the upper hand when it comes to post-season experience. Expect them to take care of business and advance to the semifinals.

GW – 73

Duquesne – 61

GW MBB heads to NYC to face Fordham

By: Daniel Stettin

The George Washington Colonials (16-13, 8-8) look to get above .500 in conference play for the first time all season when they face the Fordham Rams (13-16, 7-9) Wednesday night in the Bronx. GW is coming off a 83-74 win over Revolutionary Rival George Mason Sunday afternoon in which Junior G Yuta Watanabe tied his season high with 18 points. Fordham, sitting just one game behind the Colonials in the A10 standings, is coming off a 70-48 loss at home to Richmond.

Fordham is led by Sophomore G Joseph Chartouny. He is third in the nation is Steals per game at 3.3 per game. While he has been deadly swiping the basketball, Chartouny is no Briante Weber, as he turns the ball over 3 times a game as well. The 6-3 Canadian can do a little bit of everything, averaging 11 PPG, 5 APG, and 4 RPG as well. Fordham has four players including Chartouny who average double-digit PPG so they run a fairly balanced offense.

One area where the Colonials should dominate is on the glass. Fordham averages just 29 boards a game and just two players average five a game. GW on the other hand has four players getting at least five a game. If there was a game for the freshman bigs to have a big game (they all have been quiet for the past few games), it would be this one against this undersized Rams squad. While Mason is also undersized, there style of play made it difficult for the Freshman bigs to match up.

Fordham’s Rose Hill Gymnasium is the oldest on-campus arena in D1 College Basketball and despite its small size, can get extremely loud and hostile to opposing teams (ask VCU fans, as they lost 69-67 in January). Despite this, I see a vastly improving GW team that is battling for the 5 seed with St. Bonaventure rally from being down at halftime to beat the Rams.

GW: 68

Fordham: 59

GW completes season sweep of George Mason, 83-74

By: Jake Sichel

George Washington defeated George Mason 83-74, sweeping the season series against the Patriots. With the win GW pulled to an even .500 in A10 conference play at 8-8 after starting the season 1-4. GW now finds themselves in a three-way tie for sixth place with La Salle and George Mason.

GW’s offense was rolling yet again, amplified by their ability to get to the free throw line. For the 13th time this season the Colonials made more free throws than their opponent attempted. GW’s 15-of-17 afternoon at the stripe provided the difference in a nine-point victory. GW also continued to find success from behind the arc as the A-10’s top three-point shooting team buried 8-of-20 triples, spurred by a 3-of-3 performance from deep by senior Matt Hart.

Hart was one of four Colonials in double figures in scoring with 11. Tyler Cavanaugh’s 22 points was his 12th 20+ point game of the season and Yuta Watanabe dropped a season-high 18 as well. The junior from Japan was an efficient 7-of-11 from the floor.

The game was close throughout, with the teams trading the lead nine times as well as being tied 10 times before the Colonials pulled away late. GW turned the ball over a season-low five times, another bug plus as they head into March. Also, the Colonials defense was aggressive as they forced 14 Patriot turnovers.

Senior Guard Marquise Moore of George Mason had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in his 38 minutes of action, but his performance wasn’t enough to lift George Mason to victory.

Currently in the midst of a three-game winning streak, GW will visit Fordham on Wednesday night at 7pm. Fordham is 7-9 in league play (13-16 overall) and tied with Davidson for ninth in the conference.