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Men’s Gameday #16: GW at La Salle & Women’s Gameday #16: GW vs. Richmond

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George Washington Colonials (12-3, 2-0 A10) at La Salle Explorers (8-7, 0-2 A10)
12:30 PM, Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Media Coverage: 1500 AM, NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra

A busy Saturday for GW Basketball tips off at 12:30 with the men in action on the road in Philly for the second time in as many weekends. This time, the Colonials trek to Tom Gola Arena to face off with reeling La Salle, a squad that has lost seven of their past 11 contests.

GW is off to a 2-0 start in the Atlantic 10 after surviving a late comeback attempt at Saint Joseph’s last Saturday and holding off Saint Louis 75-72 in their A10 home opener this past Tuesday. The Colonials had five scorers in double-figures in their win over the Billikens, led by Patricio Garino‘s 18 points and Kevin Larsen‘s 16. Yuta Watanabe also finished in double-digits for the fifth straight game, with 10 points in 21 minutes off the bench. GW needed all the help they could get on Tuesday as they were blindsided by a rebuilding Saint Louis team that had cracked the 70-point threshold just once coming in to the contest.

La Salle has dropped their first two A10 matchups, losing to George Mason down in Fairfax last Saturday and dropping a six-point decision at home to UMass on Wednesday. The Explorers have leaned on Jordan Price, a transfer guard from Auburn, who currently ranks third in the conference in scoring with just over 17 points per game. In addition, frontcourt mainstays Jerrell Wright and Steve Zack could create problems down low for the Colonials if Larsen, Watanabe, and John Kopriva fail to bring their A-games.

Due to logistical difficulties, WRGW will not be carrying the game in Philadelphia today. However, you can still listen to Byron Kerr’s call on federalnewsradio.com and 1500 AM, with tip off scheduled for 12:30.

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George Washington Colonials (13-2, 2-0 A10) vs. Richmond Spiders (9-5, 1-1 A10)
2 PM, Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
Media Coverage: WRGW, RaiseHigh Live, A10 Mobile App
Announcers: Cameron Rohde, Tyrique Wilson
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Approximately 90 minutes after the GW Men tip off in Philly, the GW Women will get underway in Foggy Bottom, looking to defend their Smith Center floor and extend their win streak to 12 against rival Richmond.

The Colonials defeated St. Joe’s 83-69 on Wednesday night in their A10 home opener to match the sixth-longest winning streak in program history. Caira Washington led the team and tied her season-high with 23 points on 9-15 shooting while Jonquel Jones collected her seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Hannah Schaible also had a great all-around performance, filling up the stat sheet with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

In addition to their season win streak, GW will also be looking to extend a team winning streak against Richmond. The Colonials have won the last three matchups between the two programs, the most recent of which was a 72-58 win down in Virginia’s state capital last season.

The Spiders come into Saturday’s contest red hot themselves, having won six of their past seven and most recently knocking off St. Bonaventure 67-61 this past Wednesday. GW will need to contain Janelle Hubbard, who is coming off a 24-point performance on 4-7 from beyond the arc against the Bonnies. The Colonials will also need to contain Preseason All-A10 Second Team selection Genevieve Okoro on the glass. Okoro is third in the conference in overall rebounding with 8.1 boards a game.

The women’s game will air on WRGW, with pregame coverage beginning at 1:45 and tip off scheduled for 2 pm on gwradio.com.

GW Fails to Shut Down La Salle’s Threes in Crucial Late Season Loss

Jeff Pawling
Men’s Basketball Writer

PHILADELPHIA – The George Washington Colonials fell to the La Salle Explorers amidst a barrage of three-pointers for the second time this season, this time losing 84-70 at the Tom Gola Arena on Wednesday night.

GW allowed La Salle to hit 11 three-pointers in their first meeting on February 2nd, an 80-71 La Salle win at the Charles E. Smith Center. This time out, they allowed La Salle to convert on 12 of their 22 three-point attempts. This, combined with 16 turnovers and only one made three-pointer of their own sealed the Colonials’ fourth straight loss and seventh in their last nine games.

However, on offense, GW was pretty effective. They shot 55 percent as a team and grabbed 11 more rebounds than La Salle. Isaiah Armwood secured his eighth double-double of the season, leading the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Lasan Kromah added 15 points on 7-13 shooting in 23 minutes off the bench while Kethan Savage put together a solid effort with 12 points on 6-9 from the field. Kevin Larsen also had a solid, all-around performance with eight points, five rebounds, and six assists.

Yet, the Colonials were perpetually behind from the 15:36 mark of the first half after beginning the game in a back-and-forth tussle with the Explorers. After grabbing a 10-9 lead, GW would allow a 19-4 run over the next four minutes to put La Salle ahead for good. They surrendered 10 of La Salle’s 12 three-pointers in the first half alone and could not find an answer to stifle the Explorers’ precision from beyond the arc. By halftime, a Tyreek Duren buzzer beater put La Salle ahead by 10 at 47-37.

The Explorers would take further control of the game in the second half, keeping GW at bay and never letting them get closer than 12 at any point. Furthermore, La Salle’s effective, time consuming possessions toward the end of the half thwarted any chance of a late GW comeback.

Ramon Galloway scored 29 points on 11-17 shooting in his final game in front of the home fans at Tom Gola Arena. Tyreek Duren added 19 points while Jerrell Wright had 16 points and seven rebounds for a La Salle squad that shot 61 percent from the field as a team.

The defensive effort from the Colonials is certain to raise a number of red flags from fans as they head into Saturday’s win-or-go-home matchup with Dayton (17-12, 7-8 Atlantic 10) at the Smith Center. GW’s defense, which had been and still is a strength, was porous tonight as they did nothing to deter La Salle from getting any and every shot they wanted throughout the game. However, the Colonials have also proven that they can step up defensively at any given moment, causing problems for such formidable opponents as Kansas State, Temple, Butler, and Saint Louis.

GW (12-16, 6-9 Atlantic 10) will need their defense to step in a huge way on Saturday if they are to emerge with a win and a ticket punched to Brooklyn for the Atlantic 10 Tournament. As was alluded to before, Saturday’s contest is effectively the Colonials’ unofficial first game of the tournament, after Charlotte came back to steal a win in overtime over lowly Duquesne, moving them to 7-8. The Colonials now sit on the outside looking in, a game behind Charlotte, Dayton, Richmond, and St. Bonaventure who occupy spots nine through 12 and with no possible way of securing a bid to the postseason with a loss. The task is extremely simple and for Mike Lonergan’s crew, it will be all hands on deck in order to secure the required win. Otherwise, their drive to the Atlantic 10 Tournament, dubbed “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” within the university, will end in a premature slumber.

You can catch all the action of Saturday’s contest with Dayton beginning at 1:45 with tipoff at 2 p.m. on WRGW-Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.