Colonials Poised to Make Noise in 100th Season

Among the many reasons to be excited about the 2013-14 GW men's basketball season is that the campaign marks the program's 100th season of intercollegiate competition. There could be plenty more reasons (and wins) to celebrate in Foggy Bottom this season with all five starters returning and the addition of a heralded transfer from Indiana. Entering his third season at the helm, Mike Lonergan's Colonials are primed to make a jump in the league and in turn make noise on the national college hoops scene. GW will be led by 6-foot-9 forward and preseason A-10 Second Team All-Conference selection Isaiah Armwood, who paced the team in scoring, rebounding, blocks and dunks during an impressive debut season in 2012-13. Armwood averaged 11.9 points, while his 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game were the most for any Colonials player since late legend Yinka Dare in the early 1990s.

Armwood will be surrounded by a trio of rising sophomores who started nearly every game for the Colonials as freshmen in 2012-13 - point guard Joe McDonald, wing Patricio Garino and forward Kevin Larsen. The three second-year standouts are poised to play significant roles not only in 2013-14, but in building success for the program beyond. Add returning sophomore starter Kethan Savage and letterwinners Nemanja Mikic, John Kopriva and Paris Maragkos, and the Colonials have a solid and battle-tested eight-player nucleus capable of competing with the best in the conference and country.

returning players

Isaiah Armwood Isaiah Armwood
Led GW and ranked 25th in Atlantic 10 in scoring at 11.9 points per game ... Also paced GW and finished second in the A-10 in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and blocked shots (2.3 bpg) ... Armwood's 68 total blocks marked the second most in a single-season in program history, trailing only Yinka Dare's 84 in 1992-93 ... His 263 total rebounds and 8.8 rebounds per game were the highest for a GW player since Dare's 309 rebounds and 10.3 boards per game in 1993-94 ... Totaled nine double-doubles on the season, most for a GW player since Mike Hall in 2005-06.

Patricio Garino Patricio Garino
One of three players to start all 30 games, second on team with 2.1 assists per game, third on team with 8.8 points per game and 26.9 minutes per game ... Led GW, fourth in Atlantic 10 and 21st in NCAA Division I with 2.3 steals per game ... Set new single-season program steals record for a freshman with 68, eclipsing Carl Elliott's mark of 60 in 2003-04 ... Reached double-digit scoring 11 times.

Kevin Larsen Kevin Larsen
Started 27 of 30 games played, averaged 8.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 24.3 minutes ... Led GW and 13th in Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage at 51.3 percent (99-193) ... Reach double-digit scoring 12 times, including seven times in A-10 play ... Scored career-high 17 points in A-10 Championship first round versus Massachusetts (3/14/13) ... Totaled 16 points and career-high 35 minutes at Richmond (2/27/13) ... Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Feb. 25, 2013.

Joe McDonald Joe McDonald
One of three GW players to start all 30 games (Armwood, Garino) ... Averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals and team-best 3.2 assists in 28.1 minutes ... Scored in double-figures eight times ... Led GW with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 2-of-2 behind the arc in victory over Dayton (3/9/13) ... Scored 11 of 12 points in final 11 minutes, including game-winning jumpshot with 9.3 seconds remaining, in 66-65 victory at Rhode Island (1/23/13).


2012-13 stats

Team Statistics
SCORING 1,988 1,966
Points per game 66.3 65.5
Scoring margin +0.7 -
FIELD GOALS-ATT 732-1,660 705-1,674
Field goal pct .441 .421
3-POINT FG-ATT 84-301 176-489
3-point FG pct .279 .360
3-pt FG made per game 2.8 5.9
FREE THROWS-ATT 440-670 380-547
Free throw pct .657 .695
F-Throws made per game 14.7 12.7
REBOUNDS 1,129 973
Rebounds per game 37.6 32.4
Rebounding margin +5.2 -
ASSISTS 403 349
Assists per game 13.4 11.6
Turnovers per game 16.0 14.5
Turnover margin -1.4 -
Assist/turnover ratio 0.8 0.8
STEALS 233 286
Steals per game 7.8 9.5
BLOCKS 147 134
Blocks per game 4.9 4.5
ATTENDANCE 35,753 86,391
Home games-Avg/Game 14-2,554 14-5,027
Neutral site-Avg/Game - 2-8,004