Men's Basketball Hosts Richmond Saturday at 7 pm in A-10 Opener
82nd Renewal of Regional Rivalry
Jan. 8, 2009
Richmond (8-6, 0-0) at George Washington (6-6, 0-0)
Game 13 Atlantic 10 Conference Opener
GW COACH: Karl Hobbs (Connecticut `85)
UR COACH: Chris Mooney (Princeton `94)
Saturday's Game: Both GW (6-6, 0-0) and Richmond (8-6, 0-0) have had a week to prepare for tonight's A-10 opener. It is the first of two meetings this season and the 82nd meeting in the series. GW has faced Richmond more than any other A-10 opponent and more than all but one opponent (Georgetown--96 meetings). GW has won the last six straight meetings in the series including six of the last seven at Smith Center.
GW has won the last six meetings with the Spiders by average score of 69-55.
GW is 5-2 in A-10 openers under Karl Hobbs (4-0 at home, 1-2 on the road). The Colonials have won four straight A-10 openers, the longest string of any A-10 team. Xavier can match with a victory over SLU on Jan. 8.
Saturday's game is GW's first home game since Dec. 17 after playing the last five on the road.
GW is aiming to snap a four-game slide following a narrow 80-78 setback at Longwood last Saturday.
GW is 4-0 at home this season and has a record of 73-18 (.802) at Smith Center in seven-plus seasons under Hobbs. GW is 314-121 (.722) all-time in 33-plus seasons at 22nd & G Streets.
Richmond hit 13 three-pointers in routing Rice, 74-43, Saturday at Robins Center. David Gonsalvez (20 pts., 4 threes) and Justin Harper (16 pts., 4 threes) led the Spiders against the Owls. The Spiders are 2-3 on the road this season.
A Closer Look at Richmond: The hot-shooting Spiders come to Smith Center Saturday with an 8-6 mark under fourth-year coach Chris Mooney. Richmond has two players averaging double figures led by junior G David Gonzalves (16.7 ppg, 28 threes) and soph. G Kevin Anderson (15.9 ppg). Anderson hails from the same hometown (Duluth, GA) as GW's Wynton Witherspoon. For the season, UR has made nearly half its shots. The Spiders are shooting 49.7 percent from the field, 37 percent from three-point range and 68 percent from the line. Richmond, which is averaging 74.4 points a game, lost by five at Syracuse (76-71) back on Nov. 18 and defeated Coppin State, 78-67, on Nov. 30. Like GW, Richmond last played a week ago on Jan. 3 when it routed Rice, 74-43. UR hit a season-high 13 three-pointers in that contest at the Robins Center.
Next Game: GW travels to Pittsburgh to face Duquesne Wednesday Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 1050 AM and via the Internet at FederalNewsRadio.com and GWsports.com.