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GW MBB SLIPS PAST DUQUESNE 77-70

By: Arthur Pescan

Needing to bounce back after a tough loss on the road at Davidson last week, the Colonials (14-13, 6-8 A-10) edged the Duquesne Dukes (10-17, 3-11 A-10),  77-70 Sunday afternoon at Pittsburgh in a game which saw GW continue their surging performances offensively and defensively.

Led by grad student Tyler Cavanaugh, who racked up 19 for the night, the Colonials offense returned to form in Sunday’s matchup, with three other Colonials notching in the double digits: junior Yuta Watanabe (14), grad student  Patrick Steeves (11), and freshman Jair Bolden (11), who went for double figures for the fifth time this season. Despite shooting only .377 (23-of-61) from the field, GW connected from deep, going .462 (12-of-26) from beyond the arc, continuing to cement the Colonials’ position as the A-10’s second-leading team in three-point shooting (.386).

Defensively, GW held the Dukes to just .417 from the field, with Duquesne’s Mike Lewis II the only Duke able to explode on the board, shooting 9-of-14 for 22 points. The Colonials also caught a lucky break from the charity stripe, going 19-of-22 (.864) from the line, including Cavanaugh’s nearly perfect 13-of-14 shooting.

GW needs to continue their efficient performances as of late into the last four games of conference play, starting with a home matchup with UMass Thursday night at the Smith Center. Currently tied for ninth in the conference with Fordham, the Colonials  hope to improve their standing in the seedings as the A-10 Championship (March 8-12, Pittsburgh) rapidly approaches.

GW MBB looks to sweep season series vs Duquesne

By: Zuri Lawrence

The George Washington men’s basketball team is in Pittsburgh, PA looking for a much needed win against a struggling Duquesne squad. The Colonials (13-13, 5-8 A-10) are coming off a disheartening loss to the Davidson Wildcats and will be looking to improve their conference standing starting with a much needed win against A-10 opponent Duquesne.

The Dukes (10-16, 3-10 A-10) are coming in with a blowout win against UMass, 96-66 where Mike Lewis II scored 31 points; one point shy of the freshman game high record. Lewis II has proved to be a key asset in all-around play showing his efficiency in scoring and aggressive action underneath rim to battle for rebounds. The other freshman Mike on the team, Isiaha Mike, has been impressive by scoring more than 20 points in multiple games this season; this duo has been a key element in the Dukes win this year.

The Colonials should look to shut down both Lewis II and Mike to have a chance at shutting down the Dukes scoring while keeping an authoritative presence down low to contest any post power from Duquesne. The last meeting between these teams this season was decided by a single basket, 65-63, so GW should expect a tough Dukes defense. The Colonials cannot afford another costly conference loss with only five games left in the regular season, the team will have to rely on their quick speed and tough defense to win this game.

Prediction: GW – 71 Dukes – 65

GW Womens Basketball takes on George Mason on Senior Day

By: Harry Falber

It’s Senior Day for the George Washington Colonials Women’s basketball team. Even with the loss of Jonquel Jones, the programs most successful player, the four seniors that will be honored before the game are four of the most valuable members on the team.

The seniors that will be honored are Caira Washington, Hannah Schaible, Lexi Martins and Shannon Cranshaw will be the honored seniors. Martins, Washington, and Schaible are the three leading scorers for the Colonials.

As for the game, the Colonials face George Mason in the final home game of the year and the second to last game before the start of the post season.

George Mason comes in with a record of 13-14 and 6-8 in the A-10. The leading scorer for the Patriots is guard Kara Wright. Wright leads the team in almost every other category as well, including rebounds, assists, three-point percentage and free throw percentage.

However, unless Wright goes off for a monster game, I can’t see the Colonials losing. Caira Washington is coming off of one of her worst games of the season last time out against St. Bonaventure. I see Washington having a big game in her Smith Center finale.

Prediction: Colonials 65 Patriots 48

 

GW MBB STALLS AT DAVIDSON, 74-63

The Colonials (13-13, 5-8 A-10) faced a tough loss on the road, 74-63, to the Davidson Wildcats (13-11, 6-7 A-10) Wednesday evening as they kicked off a week-long road trip up the I-95 corridor. Despite a late surge in the fourth quarter which saw the Colonials take a narrow 43-41 lead, they ultimately fell to a dominant offense from Davidson led by star forward Peyton Aldridge.

Coming off one of their best performances this season last Saturday against St. Bonaventure, the Colonials were ultimately held by a tough Wildcat defense. Grad student Tyler Cavanaugh, fresh off an A-10 Player of the Week nod and a career-best 33-point performance in the St- Bonaventure matchup, constantly battled against double teams which limited him to 4-for-14 from the field and 15 points. Junior Yuta Watanabe contributed 10, while freshman Jair Bolden continued to impress in his rookie season, going 6-for-15 from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, to notch 15 points, one short of his career-high.

The Colonials managed to limit the Wildcats to 41 percent shooting throughout the night, continuing to improve defensively after struggling early in the season, but were unable to contain Aldridge, who racked up a whopping 27 points in leading the Wildcats to a win.

The Colonials will continue their road trip Sunday afternoon as they ship up to Pittsburgh to face the Duquesne Dukes (10-16, 3-10 A-10), with tipoff at noon. The game will be broadcast on gwradio.com, with live coverage from WRGW’s own Daniel Stettin and Zuri Lawrence beginning at 11:45 am.