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Colonials Shock #11 Wichita State to Win Diamond Head Classic

Jeff Pawling

It was not easy at any point for GW on Christmas Night in Honolulu, but the Colonials rode a gritty team performance on defense and timely shooting to upset #11 Wichita State 60-54 and win the 2014 Diamond Head Classic.

Kethan Savage led the way offensively for the Colonials with 12 points on 5-11 shooting while Kevin Larsen (Diamond Head Classic MVP) and Yuta Watanabe each added 10 points in the shocking victory. The team, as a whole, shot 51 percent from the field, making the fact that the Colonials’ top scorer only finished with 12 points even more surprising. Yet, it is a testament to just how much of a team effort this win was for the Buff and Blue.

Another big factor in the win was GW’s three-point shooting. The Colonials were 9-15 from beyond the arc on Thursday night, their best clip of the season. Furthermore, GW held Wichita State to a 34 percent clip from the field overall, their worst team shooting percentage of the season as Shockers Head Coach Gregg Marshall and his staff had difficulty deciphering the Colonials’ 1-3-1 Zone. The defense was able to contain Wichita State’s leading scorers Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet to a combined 20 points on 8-27 shooting.

But despite all of that, things looked bleak for the Colonials when the Shockers took their largest lead of the night at 45-37 with 9:45 remaining. However, unlike past upset bids at Virginia and Penn State that were derailed in the second half, the Colonials fought back with a vengeance, embarking on a 23-9 run down the stretch to capture their ninth win of the season.

“Stick with this team, stick with these guys,” Head Coach Mike Lonergan said after the game. Rest assured, even despite the turnovers (15 tonight) and the fairly frequent free throw shooting woes (3-6 from the charity stripe tonight), I do not think anyone is jumping ship after that upset tonight. Postgame, the players looked the happiest of any of Lonergan’s GW teams. After enduring some deflating losses early on at Virginia, Seton Hall, and Penn State, the Colonials look like they have finally hit their stride. The only shame is that the Atlantic 10 season is not starting sooner.

The Colonials will pay their respects during a visit to Pearl Harbor tomorrow before making the long flight back to the District to prepare for their next game on December 30th, when they welcome VMI to the Smith Center. WRGW will be back on the air for that one, with tip off scheduled for 7 pm on

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Cameron Rohde, who covered GW on-site at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Unfortunately, he could not stick around for the title game tonight, but we appreciated his hard work and top-notch coverage this week.

GW Secures Fourth Win at Expense of UMBC

Jeff Pawling

Patricio Garino finished with a season-high 23 points and Kevin Larsen added 14 as GW secured an 83-60 win over UMBC on Thursday night at the Smith Center.

Garino was 7-13 from the field and added seven rebounds to his final line while Kethan Savage finished just short of scoring in double-digits for the sixth time in as many games with eight points on 3-9 from the field. Joe McDonald, John Kopriva, Yuta Watanabe, and Darian Bryant all finished with seven points apiece in the winning effort.

The Colonials started with a Savage-to-Garino alley-oop (something that is becoming customary at all GW home games) to get off and running and never looked back as the Buff and Blue never trailed in the game. GW shot nearly 45 percent from the field as a team and won the rebounding battle 39-30 while committing only nine turnovers.

UMBC did not look anything like a winless team in this one, even despite losing by 23 points. Malcolm Brent led the way for the Retrievers with 15 points on 4-6 from beyond the arc. Charles Taylor and Will Darley each added 10 points in the loss, which drops UMBC to 0-7.

As for the Colonials, Mike Lonergan’s squad improves to 4-2 and now will get set for a date with former Atlantic 10 foe Charlotte in the BB&T Classic Sunday at the Verizon Center. WRGW’s coverage will begin at 2:15 with tipoff scheduled for 2:30 pm on

GW Bounces Back With Blowout of Grambling State

Jeff Pawling

WASHINGTON – There was no hangover effect from Saturday’s loss to #9/8 Maryland as the GW Women throttled Grambling State from the opening whistle in an 89-51 win on Monday at the Smith Center.

Kelli Prange led the way with 23 points on 9-11 shooting off the bench along with 6 rebounds in only 16 minutes of action. Caira Washington posted her second straight double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds and Jonquel Jones added 10 points and nine rebounds as GW utilized their height advantage over the Lady Tigers from start to finish.

As a team, the Colonials were stellar offensively, shooting nearly 55 percent from the field and winning the total rebounding battle 56-27.

Monday also provided an opportunity for Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis to play many of his seldom-used players, from DeLacy Anderson and Aaliyah Brown to Jada Matthews and Mia Farmer. Every player on the roster played double-digit minutes, with the exception of freshman guard Camila Tapias, and Brown even chipped in 11 points on 3-4 from three-point range.

Yosha Watson led the way for Grambling State, playing all 40 minutes and scoring 23 points on 10-28 shooting. Monisha Neal added 6 points on a dismal 3-15 from the field as GW forced the Lady Tigers into 18 turnovers on the afternoon.

GW improves to 3-2 and prepares to head to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam this weekend. WRGW will have live coverage of both games, starting with Friday’s game against North Carolina State. Coverage begins at 12:45 with tip off scheduled for 1 pm on

#9/8 Maryland Proves Too Much For GW in Home Loss

Jeff Pawling

WASHINGTON – Jonquel Jones made a triumphant return to the Colonials lineup on Saturday afternoon, but her presence was not enough to push GW over the top as they fell 75-65 to #9/8 Maryland at the Smith Center.

Jones played 34 minutes in her first game back and had 16 points on 7-17 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Kelli Prange and Hannah Schaible added 11 points apiece and Caira Washington had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Colonials, who drop to 2-2 with the loss.

GW held a 30-29 lead at halftime, only to be outscored 46-35 in the second half. Laurin Mincy led the way for the Lady Terrapins with 23 points on 7-11 shooting in 32 minutes while fellow guards Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Lexie Brown were also instrumental in moving Maryland to 4-0 on the season, as they combined for 30 points in the win.

The Colonials can find solace in the fact that they won both the total and offensive rebounding battle and forced the Lady Terps to commit 20 turnovers. However, they went a mere 4-9 from the free throw line and allowed Maryland to make nearly 52 percent of their shots, including some back breakers down the stretch that sucked the energy out of the large Smith Center crowd on hand.

GW will need to regroup quickly, with their next game scheduled for Noon on Monday against Grambling State at the Smith Center. WRGW’s coverage will start at 11:45 on