Saint Louis 68, Saint Joseph’s 61 (OT)
#18 VCU 72, George Mason 60
St. Bonaventure 62, Davidson 61
Massachusetts 78, Fordham 72
La Salle 64, Richmond 62
George Washington 65, Dayton 64 (OT)
St. Bonaventure 73, #18 VCU 71
Saint Joseph’s 58, George Mason 54
Fordham 83, Saint Louis 65
Davidson 95, Duquesne 69
Rhode Island 79, Richmond 74
Massachusetts 66, La Salle 59
- #18 VCU (18-5, 8-2)
- Rhode Island (16-5, 8-2)
- Dayton (17-5, 7-3)
- George Washington (17-6, 7-3)
- Massachusetts (14-9, 7-3)
- Davidson (15-6, 6-4)
- St. Bonaventure (13-8, 6-4)
- La Salle (13-10, 5-5)
- Richmond (12-11, 5-5)
- Saint Joseph’s (10-12, 4-6)
- Saint Louis (10-13, 2-8)
- Duquesne (7-14, 2-8)
- George Mason (7-15, 2-8)
- Fordham (6-15, 1-9)
Saint Joseph’s 70, La Salle 64
Richmond 67, VCU 63
Rhode Island 70, Massachusetts 58
#24 George Washington 52, Davidson 35
Dayton 84, George Mason 73
Fordham 54, St. Bonaventure 51
La Salle 71, Massachusetts 69
Richmond 75, Saint Louis 72
Duquesne 83, VCU 47
#24 George Washington 67, Dayton 56
St. Bonaventure 73, Rhode Island 59
Fordham 48, Saint Joseph’s 47
George Mason 63, Davidson 60
- #24 George Washington (21-2, 10-0)
- Fordham (17-7, 9-2)
- Dayton (17-5, 8-2)
- Duquesne (15-8, 7-3)
- Richmond (15-8, 7-3)
- Rhode Island (13-9, 5-5)
- VCU (14-10, 5-6)
- George Mason (12-11, 4-6)
- Saint Louis (11-12, 4-6)
- Saint Joseph’s (8-14, 4-6)
- La Salle (12-11, 3-7)
- St. Bonaventure (13-11, 3-8)
- Massachusetts (8-14, 2-8)
- Davidson (5-19, 1-10)
The George Washington Colonials took a huge step forward as a program a year ago, finishing with a record of 23-11 and 11-5 in the Atlantic 10 in Jonathan Tsipis’ second season in Foggy Bottom. Their record was a nine-win improvement, with wins over ranked teams in #10/11 California and conference foe #21 Dayton. They reached the Atlantic 10 Championship semifinals for the first time since 2008 and made their first postseason appearance since 2009 with a bid in the WNIT. There, they earned their first postseason wins since 2008 with victories over East Carolina and Villanova before being eliminated in the third round.
It truly was a magical season for the Colonials last year, but with a stark jump in performance comes a heightening of expectations for the 2014-15 campaign. GW was picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, the best preseason projection for the program since 2008 and quite the forecast for a team that enters the season having lost three key contributors from last year’s team. Here are some things to look out for this season:
Biggest strength: The Frontcourt
The emergences of both Jonquel Jones and Caira Washington were arguably the brightest spots of GW’s season a year ago. Jones was the only player in the Atlantic 10 to average a double-double on the season, averaging a little less than 15 points and 11 rebounds a game and earning her a Second Team All-Conference selection. Meanwhile, Washington earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year honors and a Third Team All-Conference selection for her season in which she averaged 11 points and nine rebounds per game. The duo combined to average 20 rebounds a game, allowing the Colonials to lead the conference in rebounding and rebounding margin.
The two on their own would be enough to warrant the frontcourt as GW’s biggest strength entering the new season, but the addition of 6’5” freshman Kelli Prange makes them even more formidable. Prange scored 11 points and added six rebounds in the team’s lone exhibition against Virginia Union last Sunday. She displayed an extremely polished finish at the rim and also added a jump shooting element that will make this trio of bigs all the more difficult to defend. GW will need to get every ounce of potential they can get from this trio if they expect to live up to their preseason expectations and compete toe-to-toe with Atlantic 10 preseason favorite Dayton, which boasts a talented frontcourt of their own.
Biggest Question Mark: How will the team replace the production of Danni Jackson and Megan Nipe?
The duo of Danni Jackson and Megan Nipe combined for nearly 28 points per game on average last year and were a big reason why GW’s fast-paced offense averaged 76 points a game, second-most in the Atlantic 10. This was all despite the fact that Nipe played the majority of the season on a torn ACL. The two guards were the heart and soul of Jonathan Tsipis’ squad a year ago and their departures leave the Colonials a bit thin at the guard positions.
Chakecia Miller, a 2014 All-Defensive Team honoree, should carry a bigger load this season, both on and off the court. She is expected to fill the leadership role left by Jackson and her effort and guidance should be a benefit to younger guards like Shannon Cranshaw and Alexis Chandler. But after Miller, the guard situation gets murky for GW. Lauren Chase, a former America East Rookie of the Year and transfer from UMBC who sat out all of last season due to a personal medical issue, will likely get a crack at the starting lineup initially alongside Miller. Hannah Schaible will also likely be in the starting lineup on opening night playing a hybrid shooting guard/small forward position and impacting the game on both sides of the ball with her hustle and grit. Both Cranshaw and Chandler should also get extended run in the guard rotation and have the opportunity to play their way into more minutes as the season progresses. The guard situation is extremely fluid at this point and should become clearer once the season begins.
X-Factor: Lauren Chase
She was briefly mentioned above as part of the jigsaw puzzle at the guard position for the Colonials, but Lauren Chase has an opportunity to make an immense impact and provide stability at the point guard position. As was mentioned, she won the 2012 America East Rookie of the Year, averaging 8.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists playing 34 minutes per game in her lone season at UMBC. Coach Tsipis likely won’t lean on Chase to play that many minutes a game for GW, but if she can replicate the production she had at UMBC, that would be a boon for the Colonials and take pressure off of younger guards Cranshaw and Chandler to immediately step up. She will have to keep her turnovers down in order to keep a spot in the starting lineup but if she can take care of the ball and distribute it, especially down low to GW’s talented bigs, she could make the difference between a team that hovers from third to fifth in the conference standings throughout the season and a team that contends for the Atlantic 10 title.
Freshman to Watch: Brianna Cummings
The most impactful freshman will most likely be Kelli Prange, who was mentioned above along with the rest of the strong frontcourt. But another freshman that could make an impact right away is Brianna Cummings. At 5’10”, Cummings brings height and length to the guard position and could use that to earn more minutes as the season progresses. As a senior at Greater Atlanta Christian School, she averaged 23 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals a game, leading all Gwinnett County players and earning Gwinnett Daily Post Player of the Year honors. She was the 25th best player at her position according to ESPN for a reason and while the coaching staff might not want to put a ton of pressure on her in her first collegiate season, it would be remiss of Coach Tsipis not to at least give her some run at a cloudy guard position to see if she can contribute and add versatility right away.
The preseason Atlantic 10 poll certainly vindicated this team as a force to be reckoned with this season, even with an uncertain situation at the guard positions. It speaks to just how intimidated other Atlantic 10 coaches are of the frontcourt GW boasts heading into the season. The offense should be just as fast-paced as it was last season and with both Jones and Washington having more familiarity in that offense, it has all the makings of a fun season offensively as long as Coach Tsipis can find a solution to settle the guard position. However, there is a reason Dayton is entering the season as the 22nd-ranked team in the country and the unanimous favorite to win the Atlantic 10. The Flyers are the conference’s most complete team and are poised to make a deep run not just into the Atlantic 10 Championship, but into the NCAA Tournament. GW certainly has the frontcourt needed to go toe-to-toe with Dayton, but the knocking the Flyers off their perch will be one tough task, especially without stability in the backcourt. Overall though, expect great things from the Colonials this season. They’re built to win right now, and the best part is they’re just getting started.
Regular Season Prediction: 24 wins, 2nd in the Atlantic 10
WRGW SPORTS DIRECTOR
The Men started off the season on the right foot with three impressive victories, including a 100 point performance and a come from behind road victory to a tough opponent.
Radford 54 George Washington 76
The Men’s squad opened up their 100th season against the Radford Highlanders of the Big South Conference on two Fridays ago. The grills for the home opener tailgate were hot, but the GW shooters were even hotter, especially Kethan Savage who led the team with 18 points on the way to a definitive 76-54 victory.
Radford got off to a quick 4-1 lead, but a run by the Colonials, including a Nemanja Mikic three pointer, put them ahead and they wouldn’t trail for the rest of the game. Here is senior Tim Riordan and Sophomore Zach Simon with the call for WRGW Sports.
The Colonials took a 13 point lead into halftime, after a Maurice Creek buzzer beater put the Colonials up 39-26. Creek would finish the game with 12 points.
The second half was led by Kethan Savage, who had no trouble carving up the Highlander defense and getting to the bucket with ease. He finished the game with a career high in points (18), rebounds (6), assists (5), steals (5) and minutes (23) in an all-around effort by the sophomore off the bench. He was named the Player of the game and would later go on to be named Colonial of the Week.
Isiah Armwood struggled from the floor (0-5 FG), but still scored 7 points from the free throw line and pulled down a game high 12 rebounds. The new look Kevin Larsen, who shed 16 pounds this offseason, scored 16 points on 6-8 shooting. Defensively, the Colonials were able to hold the Highlander to just 35.7% shooting. Ya Ya Anderson led the way for Radford with 15 points and 3 assists.
Maine 81 George Washington 108
It seems fitting that in the 100th season of George Washington men’s basketball the team would eclipse 100 points for the first time since December of 2005, a feat that GW accomplished on Tuesday night, defeating the Maine Black Bears 108-81.
It was an extremely balanced performance for the Colonials as five players scored in double digits, including 13 from Nemanja Mickic and Kevin Larsen, 18 for Kethan Savage and Isiah Armwood, and 19 points for Maurice Creek.
Creek hit 4 3-pointers in the firs half en route to match his career high of 5 3-point field goals in the game. Here is freshman Jack Linnehan and sophomore Alex Hausner with the call for WRGW Sports.
Going into halftime with a 56-46 lead, the 1448 person crowd who came to this Tuesday night game was buzzing with anticipation of a 100 point game.
That wasn’t the only thing the crowd had to cheer for in the second half, as an emphatic block by Savage led to a fast break going the other way and a highlight reel slam dunk for Armwood.
The Black Bears, in their first all time game against George Washington, were lead by an impressive performance by Shaun Lawton, who had 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.
The century mark was finally reached with 3:09 left to go in the game. Kethan Savage drived the ball to the hoop and scored the layup that would put 3 digits on the Smith Center scoreboard for the first time since 2005.
George Washington 75 Manhattan 72
The Colonials were tested for the first time in their 100th season on the road Saturday night against Manhattan College. A GW was able to overcome a 13 point first half deficit to defeat the Jaspers 75-72, lead by a huge second half performance by Graduate Student Maurice Creek.
GW came out strong in the first half, controlling the first three minutes and getting out to a 9-5 lead with the help of a Creek 3-pointer. Here is senior Tim Riordan and junior Mike Martenak on the call
Some poor substitutions gave the lead and momentum to the Jaspers. With the entire second unit on the court, GW struggled to do much of anything right, playing sloppy on both sides of the ball. Even the starters couldn’t slow the momentum of the Jaspers as they went on a 16-3 run midway through the first half to make the score 29-16. The Colonials were able to steady the ship with solid offensive play from senior Isiah Armwood and sophomore Kevin Larsen, but the Jaspers still took a 39-30 lead into halftime.
The tide turned quickly out of the locker room as the Colonials went on a 15-5 run in 4:21 to take a 45-44 lead. Sophomore Patricio Garino, playing his first game of the season returning from a fractured finger injury, scored the layup to put the Colonials ahead.
The second twenty minutes were all Maurice Creek. Creek scored 24 of his 27 points in the second half, nearly half of the team’s total second half points. He was 6-9 from the field, 4-6 from beyond the arc, and a crucial 8-8 from the free throw line, on a night when the team shot just 61.5% from the charity strip. Creek’s performance was highlighted by two clutch 3-pointers in a row to give the team a 7 point lead with 11:42 to go, their largest lead of the game at that time. Listen in as the second shot gets GW fans chanting in the away arena.
The lead was never given back to the Jaspers, though they came within 2 points twice in the closing 2 minutes. In a crucial possession with under 30 seconds left to go, Savage milked the shot-clock down to single digits and then hit a jumper that would put the game out of reach for the Jaspers.
The Jaspers were lead by a single-handed performance by senior guard George Beamon. Beamon who put up a season-high 34 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the losing effort.
Sophomore Kevin Larsen recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Colonials return home Tuesday night to face off against Deleware St. in their final tune up game before The Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, CA over Thanksgiving break. Junior Keith Woods and freshman Thomas Pierce will have the call from the Smith Center. Tune into this game and all GW basketball games live on WRGW Sports – Colonials Radio Central at wrgwsports.com.
WRGW Sports Director
Washington, DC – The Colonials played with heart after going down in the first two sets, but their comeback effort was too little too late as the Towson Tigers captured the upset win Sunday afternoon 3-1.
The Colonials, who have now lost their last three and five of their last seven, were hoping the friendly confines of the Charles E. Smith Center would turn their luck around, but fell to 5-8 for the season against their DMV rivals.
After losing the first two sets, the Colonials were able to win a back-and-forth game in the third, thanks to a stellar performance by junior outside hitter Kelsey Newman, and came out to a fast start in the fourth set, but the Tigers came roaring back to win the game and the match.
The Colonials didn’t hold a lead once in the first two sets, as Towson came out strong on the road. Junior opposite Victoria Williams led the way for the Tigers with 7 kills and 2 blocks in the first two sets. She would finish the match with 15 kills and 5 blocks. The Colonials dropped the first two matches 25-17 and 25-20.
The Colonials kept the match alive in a nail-biter of a game that saw them come out on top 25-22. Newman led the way in this one with six kills and one block while sophomore setter Jordan Timmer made 10 assists. On the third game set for the Colonials, Newman was able to sneak her sixth kill of the game past the Towson blockers to put it away.
George Washington carried the momentum from the third set into the fourth set jumping out to a quick 7-1 lead, but 10 errors in the game led to the Tigers going on two 6 point runs. One of those runs came when it mattered the most. GW, up 24-19, lost five straight game points and gave up the lead to Towson before scoring a point to tie it up at 25. Two match points later, Victoria Williams was able to notch her 15th kill of the game and Towson put away the Colonials with a game score of 28-26.
The Colonials were led by 18 kills, 6 digs, and 1 block by Newman and 5 kills and 8 blocks by freshman middle blocker Chidima Osuchukwu.
The Colonials, in the spirit of GW Alumni Weekend, honored 10 GW Volleyball alumnae between the second and third sets.
The Colonials wrapped up their out of conference schedule with a record of 5-8. They begin their Atlantic 10 schedule Friday, in Richmond, against Virginia Commonwealth University. They will return to the Smith Center October 11 to take on La Salle.