GW Men's Hoops Overpowers Catholic, 72-46, in Exhibition Opener
Nov. 3, 2012
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball had four players reach double-figures in scoring, and senior Isaiah Armwood grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds in his Buff and Blue debut, as the Colonials eased by Division III Catholic University, 72-46, in exhibition action at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday.
The exhibition tune-up ahead of next Saturday's season opener against Youngstown State featured GW coach Mike Lonergan facing his alma mater and the program he led to the 2001 NCAA Division III national title. Lonergan's Colonials allowed just a pair of Cardinals' players to make more than two field goals, and held overwhelming advantages in points in the paint (40-18), second-chance points (18-2) and bench points (30-6).
Senior Dwayne Smith equaled the game-high with 14 points, senior Lasan Kromah netted 12, sophomore John Kopriva scored 11 in just 16 minutes, and freshman Patricio Garino added 10 to pace GW to the 26-point victory. Armwood, in his first action for GW after sitting out 2011-12 after transferring from Villanova, added seven points along with his 16 boards. Armwood's 16-rebound total in the exhibition would have been the best output for a Colonials' player since Mike Hall's 17-rebound effort against La Salle in Jan. 2005.
Shawn Holmes paced Catholic with 14 points and Steve Limberiou totaled 12, but the duo combined to shoot 10-of-31 from the floor as the Cardinals finished a cool 30.2 percent (16-53) for the game. Limberiou kept the Cardinals close in the early going with 10 of CUA's opening 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting, but was limited to just one basket over the final 28 minutes.
After Limberiou cooled, GW opened up a close first half with a 14-2 run midway through the period powered by transition dunks from Armwood and freshman Kethan Savage and a triple by Kromah for a 27-13 advantage. Four straight points from Chris Kearney got CUA within 27-19 out of the final media timeout of the half, but junior Nemanja Mikic answered with a three-pointer to regain the double-digit lead and the Colonials led 36-23 at the intermission.
The margin would get to single-digits just one other time at 38-29 just under three minutes into the second half. GW held CUA to just one field goal over the next eight minutes and embarked on a 13-2 run in the process to widen the gap to 51-31 with 9:13 to play.
The Colonials' lead hovered at 20 points until a late 10-2 spurt pushed them to their largest lead at 72-43 with 32 seconds remaining. With nine seconds left, Bryson Fonville hit Catholic's first triple since Limberiou's opening barrage to produce the 72-46 final margin.
GW finished at 46.6 percent (27-58) from the floor led by Kopriva's perfect 5-for-5 effort.
Next Saturday's home opener against the YSU Penguins will tip-off at 4:00 p.m., and is preceded by the second annual Home Opener Tailgate on 22nd Street in front of the Charles E. Smith Center at 2:00 p.m. The contest will be available via live video streaming on GW All-Access and can be heard live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1050 AM.