GW Men's Hoops Begins 37th Atlantic 10 Season Against St. Bonaventure
Jan. 8, 2013
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (6-7)
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball opens its 37th season of Atlantic 10 Conference action on Wednesday night when it welcomes defending conference champion St. Bonaventure to the Charles E. Smith Center. A charter member of the A-10 since its creation in 1976, GW joins Massachusetts as the only institutions to have played in the league all 36 seasons.
GW fell to 21-15 all-time in A-10 debut games and lost for just the second time in its last eight league openers with a 66-56 loss at St. Bonaventure last January 4. The Colonials used a 15-1 run early in the second half to trim a 19-point deficit to five points with 12:11 to play, but the Bonnies staved off the rally.
SBU also captured the most recent meeting at Smith Center, knocking off GW 62-49 in January 2011 despite a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double from David Pellom. Prior to that loss, the Colonials had won 14 straight home games against the Bonnies dating back to February 1989. Dwayne Smith has reached double figures (10 in 2012, 12 in 2011) the last two times against the Bonnies, while Lasan Kromah scored 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting in GW's last victory in the series - a 78-71 road triumph in January 2010.
GW and St. Bonaventure are just two of four teams in NCAA Division I to start at least four foreign-born student-athletes so far this season. Based on each team's previous game starting lineups, half of Wednesday's 10 combined starters will be foreign born (GW - 2, SBU - 3).
In its most recent outing, GW held Georgia to its lowest output of the season, but fell to the Bulldogs, 52-41, at Stegeman Coliseum on Friday. Freshman Kevin Larsen was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field en route to a team- and season-high 14 points in defeat.
Isaiah Armwood leads GW and is second in the A-10 in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and blocks (3.0 bpg), and is 24th in the league in scoring (12.8 ppg). His 3.0 blocks per game rank 11th in the nation and 39 total blocks are more than 88 NCAA teams so far this season.
St. Bonaventure has lost three straight games and four of its last six entering Wednesday's A-10 debut. The Bonnies most recently dropped an 85-64 decision at Colorado State, their fifth loss in six road games this season. During its three-game slide, SBU has allowed an average of 90 points per game in losses to No. 25 NC State (92-73), Iona (93-74) and the CSU Rams.
Demitrius Conger and Chris Johnson lead St. Bonaventure in scoring at 13.8 and 13.1 points per game respectively. Conger is also seventh in the A-10 in rebounding with a team-best 7.2 boards per game. Sharpshooting Eric Mosley provides a key scoring spark off the bench with 10.2 points in just 18.0 minutes per game. Mosley leads the Bonnies with 33 three-pointers at a clip of 47.8 percent, a rate that ranks third in the A-10 and 10th nationally.
SBU is one of the top scoring teams in the A-10, averaging a third-best 73.5 points through the first 13 games of the season. However, the Bonnies are one of four A-10 teams to surrender more than 70 points per game (70.3 ppg) and rank 15th in the league in field goal percentage defense (44.1 percent).
St. Bonaventure won its first-ever A-10 Championship in 2012 behind conference Player of the Year and first round NBA Draft pick Andrew Nicholson. Now with the NBA's Orlando Magic, Nicholson averaged 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds while leading the Bonnies to a 20-12 mark.
GW plays its first road A-10 contest of the season this Saturday, Jan. 12 at Xavier. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network, as well as broadcast on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.