GW Men's Hoops Takes Down the Hofstra Pride, 80-56
Nov. 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball shot nearly 62 percent and assisted 26 of its 34 field goals en route to an 80-56 rout of Hofstra at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday afternoon.
The victory evens the Colonials' all-time mark against the Pride at 1-1 after Hofstra took the programs' first meeting during the 1982-83 season.
GW (2-2) made 34-of-55 shots to finish at 61.8 percent for the game, its best shooting performance since converting 63.8 percent at Duquesne in January 2009. The Colonials' 26 assists marked their most since posting 28 in a victory over UMES in December 2005.
Senior guard Lasan Kromah equaled the game-high with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, followed closely by freshman forward Kevin Larsen's 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Senior forward Isaiah Armwood recorded his first double-double as a Colonial and second of his career with 12 points and a game-high 10 boards with five blocks. All 12 GW players who saw action entered the scoring column.
Hofstra (3-4) was led by Taran Buie's 15 points, but he shot just 3-of-12 from the floor and 0-for-6 inside the three-point arc as the Pride shot just 31.7 percent (19-60). Jimmy Hall chipped in 13 points and team-highs of eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
Kromah set the tone with three consecutive layups in the opening 3:36 as GW assumed an early lead it wouldn't relinquish the entire afternoon. Hofstra briefly tied the game at 8-8 with 13:50 left in the first half, but GW went on a 28-10 run - highlighted by 10 baskets in the paint and a near six-minute field goal drought for the Pride - for its largest lead of the period at 36-18, before settling on a 38-22 advantage at halftime.
GW's lead dipped no lower than 15 points early in the second half before its freshmen pushed the margin above 20 for most of the final 17 minutes. Larsen netted five of his 14 points, Patricio Garino added two of his nine, and Kethan Savage had two of his six to give the Colonials a 50-27 lead with 14:41 to play. Garino also finished with a game-high five steals, while Savage added three assists. Classmate Joe McDonald provided six points, six assists and five rebounds.
The difference peaked at 27 points - the second largest lead of the Mike Lonergan era at GW - with 1:57 remaining, when rookie Paris Maragkos made it 78-51 with his second basket of the game. The 24-point victory margin is the largest of Coach Lonergan's tenure at GW, topping a 77-56 victory at Bowling Green last November.
The Colonials torched the Pride with 71 percent (17-24) shooting in the second half, and held a commanding 52-22 edge in points in the paint.
GW plays its second of a three-games-in-five-days stretch on Monday against Mount St. Mary's (1-3) at the Smith Center. The contest can be watched live on RaiseHigh.tv and heard live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.
Monday's game against the Mount is Community Service Night presented by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, and will feature a winter clothing drive to support Joseph's Coats of Many Colors which benefits Joseph's Closet at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Southeast D.C. Joseph's Closet provides D.C.'s homeless a place to purchase a coat and other cold-weather clothing of their preferred look and size for just a few dollars, allowing them to have ownership of their clothing. GW student-athletes will help collect coats, hats and gloves for the Joseph's Coats of Many Colors Drive at three collection areas in the Smith Center during Monday's game against the Mount - the Box Office and Will Call area, Colonials Club and student entrance.