GW Men's Hoops Caps Non-Conference Play with SEC Test at Georgia
GW (6-6) at Georgia (5-7) | Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 | Stegeman Coliseum | 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 3, 2013
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (6-6)
ATHENS, Ga. - George Washington men's basketball wraps non-conference play for the 2012-13 season with a visit to Athens, Ga., to face the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday. The game will be televised by Comcast Sports Southeast and broadcast regionally by Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus as well as streamed nationally on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. GW will seek its third consecutive victory and its first winning non-conference record in three seasons, while Georgia will shoot for its fourth straight victory.
Friday's meeting will be the first-ever between the Colonials and the Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference. However, it will be the second between head coaches Mike Lonergan and Mark Fox. In just his third game as a Division I head coach in November 2005 at Vermont, Lonergan dropped a 77-62 decision to Mark Fox and a Nevada team that went on to 27 victories and the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Lonergan went on to win 126 games in six seasons at Vermont before joining GW last season, while Fox won 123 games in five seasons at Nevada before taking the Georgia job in 2009.
GW posted its most one-sided victory in five seasons with a 77-38 triumph over Sacred Heart at home on Sunday. All 12 available players scored for GW, whose 39-point margin of victory was its largest since a 78-39 win over UMES in Dec. 2007. GW also surrendered its fewest points (38) and lowest opponent field goal percentage (23.7 percent) since a 49-20 victory over Saint Louis at the Smith Center in Jan. 2008.
The Colonials are producing in the paint this season:
Dwayne Smith has increased his contributions on the offensive end of late. Over his last four games, Smith has reached double figures three times and is averaging 12.5 points on 65 percent shooting (20-31) in just 14.3 minutes an outing.
After opening the season 2-7, Georgia goes for its fourth straight victory on Friday. All three of the Bulldogs' recent victories have come at home at Stegeman Coliseum and all have been by single digits - 58-49 vs. Mercer on Dec. 18, 64-56 vs. USC on Dec. 22 and 82-73 vs. Florida A&M on Dec. 29.
Coach Mark Fox utilizes nearly his entire active roster as all 12 players average at least nine minutes per game. UGA has used seven different starting lineups and 10 different Bulldogs have made at least one start this season.
Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the lone Georgia player to start all 12 games this season and leads the team in scoring at 17.5 points per game and rebounding at 7.3 boards per game.
In its most recent outing, Georgia built an 18-point lead in the first half and held off several rally attempts en route to a nine-point win over Florida A&M on Saturday. Sophomore forward Nemanja Djurisic scored a game- and career-high 21 points off the bench, while Caldwell-Pope netted 11 and Brandon Morris added 10. It marked the first time this season that Caldwell-Pope didn't lead Georgia in scoring. The Bulldogs scored a season-high 82 points despite shooting just 34.6 percent in the second half against the Rattlers.
Georgia is 40-17 at home in Stegeman Coliseum under Fox, including 5-3 so far this season. One of those three losses came against Youngstown State (68-56), which also knocked off GW, 80-73, in early November.
GW will embark on its 37th season of Atlantic 10 Conference competition when it hosts St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The game will be streamed live on RaiseHigh.tv and broadcast live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.