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By: Joey Mamlin
GW: The Colonials look to end a three game skid by returning to the Smith center following a two game road trip. Coming in at 9-9 (1-4) on the season, this could be a big game in gaining some confidence heading into the back half of the season
Duquesne: Also coming off of a loss in their last game against Dayton, the Dukes will look to gain some traction as well, also sitting at 9-9 (2-3) for the season. The Dukes are a very young team, with four players in their first year averaging double digit scoring.
Preview: This is about as close to a must win for both of these teams as you can get from a game in mid-January, but with both teams season somewhat hanging in the balance, tonight could be a momentum changer for one of them. Duquesne is a team that get’s a lot of scoring from their backcourt, while GW tends to rely more heavily on a committee of forwards lead by Tyler Cavanaugh so it will be interesting to see how the pace of this game develops.
Jair Bolden– coming into this game after consecutive career high scoring nights, Bolden can really grab hold of the starting point guard spot with a good performance tonight against a formidable backcourt of Duquesne.
Mike Lewis II- The Freshman guard is leading Duquesne in scoring and will need to have a big game tonight on the road in an arena that can be a very tough place to play for young players.
Keys to the Game: If GW can get enough stops to keep Duquesne from scoring near their season average 71.6 ppg, the Colonials will put themselves in a position to win this game. Getting consistent guard play on the offensive side will also be crucial, as several guys have shown flashes, but none have been able to find sustained success scoring from the backcourt. GW needs to find a way to supplement what Cavanaugh, Watanabe, and Colin Smith are doing in the frontcourt to have a well balanced offensive attack.
Prediction: GW always seems to protect home court in big games so expect the Colonials to come out strong tonight, with Yuta being able to use his size to his advantage and having a big game. Colonials should get the win 66-60.
By: Cam Ventola
Tonight at 7:00 PM ET, the George Washington Colonials (8-4) will play the University of Miami Hurricanes (8-2) in Coral Gables, Florida.
The Colonials are currently on a 3 game winning streak, having recently beaten the University of Central Florida at home, 74-59. Sophomore guard Jordan Roland had a career night as he racked up 27 points on 9/13 shooting 5/9 from 3. Senior forward Tyler Cavanaugh continues to impress this season as he dropped 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
The Hurricanes are seeking their 5th straight win after a 76-56 victory over Florida Atlantic University at home. In the win, Senior guard Davon Reed led all scorers with 21 points and a pair of blocks. Freshman guard Bruce Brown impressed as well with 14, 6 assists, and 2 steals.
GW’s range has been key in this win streak, with the team shooting 46% from 3 in the last 3 games. Miami has been stellar defensively, holding opponents to only 55 points per game in their last 4 outings, while they’ve averaged just a touch over 76 points.
With a defensive showdown at hand in Coral Gables, this game will no doubt be difficult for the Colonials, but if their hot long distance shooting continues, they should be able to down the Hurricanes 65-62.
By: Daniel Stettin
The George Washington Colonials (7-4) welcome the #14 Stanford Cardinal to the Charles E. Smith Center Wednesday evening as the Colonials look to get revenge on the Cardinal after they defeated the Colonials in Pal Alto last season 84-63.
The Colonials are coming off a tough 60-55 loss at South Dakota State where GW had a 15 point lead at the end of the first quarter. GW last beat a ranked team at home November 15, 2013 when the current seniors help upset #10 California. GW is on a two game slide currently since beating Illinois by 16. The Colonials are led by Senior Forward, Caira Washington. Washington is third in the nation in FG %, shooting 70.5% from the field along with her 7.5 RPG. With Stanford running essentially a 4-Guard lineup, Washington should be able to take advantage of mismatch in height to dominate inside.
That’s not to say the Cardinal do not have any size. While their starting 5 is relatively undersized, their bench is massive. They play 4 players that are least 6-3 and they all can prevent problems on the interior. The Cardinal are led by Senior Forward Erica McCall, who put up a double-double on the Colonials last season. McCall is putting up monster numbers, averaging 17 PPG and 8 RPG.
Stanford’s veteran squad will not be fazed by the Smith Center atmosphere. They start three seniors and are very experienced, the seniors for Stanford have gone as far the Final Four after reaching the Elite Eight last season. As much as I like to think the Colonials have an opportunity to upset the Cardinal, I see GW putting up one bad quarter and three great ones (similar to the game in Pal Alto last season), however the one bad quarter will cause enough damage.
#14 Stanford: 82
By: Matt Montag
The George Washington Colonials (8-4) controlled the game from start to finish Thursday night as they defeated the talented University of Central Florida Knights (7-3) 74-59. Sophomore Jordan Roland was without question the star of the game, scoring 22 points in the second half and 27 overall, a career-high.
The Knights had no answers for Roland and the Colonials offense as they allowed him to take wide-open shots all night. Tyler Cavanaugh had a stellar game as usual with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Freshman Arnaldo Toro did an excellent job of guarding the 7-foot-6 Tacko Hall all night. The Colonials put together a strong outing defensively, preventing the Knights offense from finding a rhythm while forcing 11 turnovers.
After winning three in a row and five out of their last six the streaking Colonials will have a week off before they head to Coral Gables, Florida to face the University of Miami Hurricanes. WRGW coverage will start at 6:50 PM with the tip at 7 PM. You can catch all the coverage at gwradio.com.