GW Men's Hoops Fights Off Fordham, 68-60, in 500th Game at Smith Center

Freshman Kevin Larsen set a new career-high with 15 points to lead all scorers in Wednesday's 68-60 victory over Fordham.

Feb. 20, 2013

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WASHINGTON - Playing its 500th all-time game in the Charles E. Smith Center, George Washington men's basketball fought off pesky Fordham for a 68-60 victory in Atlantic 10 action on Wednesday night.

The victory was GW's 346th all-time (346-154) in the facility it has called home since 1975, and was also the 399th win of head coach Mike Lonergan's 20-year coaching career (399-189). He'll go for career win No. 400 on Saturday when GW (12-12, 6-5 A-10) visits Saint Joseph's (14-10, 5-6 A-10).

GW also improved to 20-6 overall and 10-0 all-time at home against Fordham, including nine victories at Smith Center dating back to January 1997.

Freshman forward Kevin Larsen led all scorers and set a new career-high with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while guard Lasan Kromah chipped in 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and four steals in 29 minutes off the bench. Forward Isaiah Armwood added eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds to help the Colonials to a 39-35 rebounding advantage. Freshman Patricio Garino finished with nine points and four steals, and senior Dwayne Smith tallied eight points off the bench.

GW forced Fordham (6-21, 2-10 A-10) into 22 turnovers with a season-high 17 steals, which it turned into a season-best 27 points off turnovers. The Colonials also held large advantages in points in the paint (44-20), second-chance points (20-7) and bench points (28-11).

Larsen netted 10 of his 15 and the Colonials shot nearly 56 percent (15-27) in the first half, but managed only a 36-32 halftime advantage as Branden Frazier scored 11 of his 13 and the Rams shot 48 percent (12-25) over the opening 20 minutes.

Fordham pulled within 40-37 on a Mandell Thomas three-pointer with 17:09 to play, but GW allowed only three field goals over the next 14:32 and built its largest lead at 60-47 following a Larsen foul shot that set his new career-high with 5:14 remaining. The Colonials held the Rams to 28.6 percent shooting in the second half and 37.7 percent for the contest.

The Colonials failed to close out the game at the foul line though, going just 17-of-37 at the stripe to leave the door open for the Rams. Fordham used a 9-2 run in a span of 37 seconds to climb within 66-60 with a minute to play, but GW added two late free throws and forced three misses to clinch their sixth A-10 victory.

Fordham was led by Chris Gaston's 14 points, followed by Frazier's 13, 12 from Travion Leonard and 10 from Thomas. It marked the Rams' seventh consecutive loss overall and 35th straight A-10 road loss.

GW, which is currently in a three-way tie for sixth place in the A-10 standings with Charlotte and Temple, will face Saint Joseph's at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. That game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus and Comcast SportsNet Philly, and can be heard on, and 1500/820 AM.

Philadelphia-area fans, alumni and friends can join a GW Athletics reception at SJU's Mandeville Hall dining room beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday prior to tip-off against the Hawks. Click here for details.

GW Beats Fordham 68-60

Playing its 500th all-time game in the Charles E. Smith Center, George Washington men's basketball fought off pesky Fordham for a 68-60 victory in Atlantic 10 action on Wednesday night.

Storified by George Washington· Thu, Feb 21 2013 09:26:15

As Game #500 inside the Smith Center approaches tonight, we'll look back at some images and notable games during our home's 38 seasons...GW Men's Basketball
When ground broke for Smith Center in 1973, Coach Carl Slone & 4 starters posed for the 1973-74 media guide cover. Men's Basketball
Need to bring back those striped pants! MT @GW_MBB Players at Smith Center ground breaking in '73 Dickinson
As Smith Center progress continued in 1974, new coach Bob Tallent & AD Bob Faris posed for the 1974-75 media guide. Men's Basketball
From our 1975-76 media guide - "The Smith Center: A Dream Come True." Listed cost of construction - $7 million. Men's Basketball
"Smith Center: From Dream to Reality." Fans jam arena for 1st game - a 113-84 win over St. Leo on Dec. 1, 1975. Men's Basketball
Game 7 at Smith Center is still longest in facility: GW 74, Pitt 73 3OT. Bob Tallent coached brother Pat to 31p. Men's Basketball
In Gm 141 on 12/21/85, Moti Daniel's double-double gave GW its 100th win at Smith Center, 73-68 over Coastal Carolina Men's Basketball
President Bill Clinton saw us upset #1 UMass, 78-75, in our 266th game at Smith Center in Feb. 1995 - Men's Basketball
I was there too... RT @GW_MBB: President Bill Clinton saw us upset #1 UMass, 78-75, at Smith Center in Feb. 1995 - Woodmansee
Game 318 was dubbed the "Greatest Game the Smith Center Had Ever Seen" by @HatchetSports. This is why --> Men's Basketball
Best game I went to for sure MT @GW_MBB: Game 318 was dubbed the "Greatest Game the Smith Center Had Ever Seen"
7 years later in 2006, @espn called Game 406 at the Smith Center the "Game of the Century." This is why --> Men's Basketball
A @seangw83 sighting? "@GW_MBB: 7 years later in 2006, @espn called Game 406 at the Smith Center the "Game of the Century." This is why...Brett Kaplan
Game 417 at Smith Center was our 300th win there & "Big Game" Carl Elliott messed around and got one of these --> Men's Basketball
3,213 fans bore witness to a GW victory and a new NCAA record in Game 424 at the Smith Center on Jan. 10, 2008 - Men's Basketball
President @BarackObama & the First Family stopped by Game 446 at Smith Center against Oregon State on Nov. 28, 2009 Men's Basketball
STUDENTS: Need help getting loud tonight? The Meltzer Group is supplying mini-megaphones to the @GWColonialArmy! Gametime is 7pm.George Washington
Tonight we're recognizing all the @GW_sports athletes who were named to the Athletic Academic Dean's List. (HINT: LOTS of them)George Washington
Hope you enjoyed our look at notable moments/games at Smith Center, an hour from tip here for #500 vs. Fordham - Men's Basketball
Starters for GW: Savage, Garino, Larsen, McDonald, Armwood. For Fordham: Frazier, Leonard, Thomas, Gaston. #A10MBB #RaiseHighGW Men's Basketball
Congrats to Nemanja, John, Paris & Jonathan on being named to the Athletics Academic Dean's List! #RaiseHigh Men's Basketball
I love #GWBB nothing better than smart boys playing sports!!Rebeca
Hate that I'm sitting in class and not at the @GW_MBB game! #gwu #RaiseHighNupur Moondra
No better way to spend it. RT @KristineInDC: Celebrating this guy's birthday at the @gw_mbb game. #RaiseHigh Washington
#raisehigh Cerretani
RT @GWBeWell: DSA Wellness Staff #raisehigh the Buff and Blue at tonight's game! @GWBeWiser in the house. Go Colonials @GWPeterK CADE
#raisehigh #roommies Marie
#RaiseHigh Krems
@GWGeorge vs #fordham...Still good to be a season ticket holder..Lets get the easy W @GW_MBB. #raisehigh @GWAlumni #forlifeScott Leibowitz
Let's go GW!! Beat Fordham!! #raisehigh #buffandblueMolly O'Connor
Kevin Larsen starting off solid on the post #RaiseHighTim Riordan
Kromah with the steal and #THUNDERJAM 19-15 lead #RaiseHighTim Riordan
Good guys on a roll here, hitting threes, having some nice transition offense, up 24-16 with 8:20 to go #raisehighColonial Hoops
U-8 @gw_mbb used 15-4 run to pull ahead, now leads Fordham 25-20. Kevin Larsen leading #Colonials with 8 points.Gene Wang
RT if you think Pato Garino's #OMGBLOX of Fordham's Chris Gaston on the break deserves to be on @SportsCenter's #SCTop10! #RaiseHighGW Men's Basketball
Kromah w/ his 2nd #THUNDERJAM of the game, from Pato on the break, and GW leads Fordham 30-25 with 4:46 left 1st half. #A10MBB #RaiseHighGW Men's Basketball
Garino makes an awesome block from behind on a Ford Ham fast break, followed by Kromah with a basket #raisehighColonial Hoops
Halftime from Smith Center: GW 36, Fordham 32. Larsen 10p, Kromah 9p for GW; Frazier 11p for Rams. #A10MBB #RaiseHighGW Men's Basketball
At halftime tonight we honored 292 #GW student-athletes who made the Dean's list this past semester. #RaiseHighPatrick Nero
RT @GW_Sports: Congrats to all Student-Athletes recognized on the Athletic Academic Dean's List tonight! Way to #RaiseHigh! SAAC
@GW_Soccer congrats Mel Keer and Kayley Sullivan as 2 players who earned a 4.0 gpa! #GWU #RaiseHighGW Women's Soccer
Coach Ritchie is live on Comcast Sportsnet Plus right now! Baseball
Hill Country BBQ Hoedown is hands down my new favorite #gwbb time out entertainment. #raisehighDarbi Bradley
@mackermann51 @dtearl All time best promotion!Bob Poogach
So exhausted. Just won $50 to Hill Country BBQ at the #GWBB game tonight playing some (poor) basketball! #RaiseHigh Kothari
And we just got a free teeee! It's all about the winnings tonight! @yoyogin #GWBB #RaiseHighRupa Bhashyam
"@veroholmesr: #raisehigh #gwu #letsgogdub!" go GW!Enrique Holmes
"@GWGeorge: Discussion is to include a @cjgeissler cam for the OHHHH YEAHHHHS." Oh I am in the background of every highlight #geisslercamChris Geissler
Also good guys are up 12 with 5 minutes to go. #raisehigh #brendanfrazierjokesColonial Hoops
Final from Smith Center: GW 68, Fordham 60. Colonials win for 346th time in Gm 500 at Smith Center, go to 6th in #A10MBB at 6-5. #RaiseHighGW Men's Basketball
Yesss!! Very proud of @GW_MBB!!! #RaiseHigh #winningNupur Moondra
Much needed win by @GW_MBB to get back on track. #RaiseHigh #NoSleepTilBrooklynJosh Strongin
Nice 68-60 win for @GW_MBB! So excited to head to St. Joe's w/ @GWColonialArmy this weekend! #RaiseHighTyler Calder
Great win tonight by @GW_MBB! I hope we're ready to take down St. Joes on Saturday! #RaiseHighBrittney Warrick
#GWBB rebounds with victory over Fordham #GWUHatchet Sports
It wasn't a work of art, but @gw_mbb escapes Fordham despite missing 20 of 37 FTs: Wang
RECAP w/ video & audio: GW Men's Hoops Fights Off Fordham, 68-60, in 500th Game at Smith Center - #A10MBB #RaiseHighGW Men's Basketball
Big game at Saint Joseph's coming up on Saturday, join @GW_Sports & @GWAlumni & come #RaiseHigh with us in Philly - Men's Basketball



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