GW Men's Hoops Goes for Fourth Straight Home Win Wednesday vs. Temple
GW (7-8, 1-1 A-10) vs. Temple (11-4, 1-1 A-10) | Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 | Charles E. Smith Center | 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 15, 2013
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (7-8, 1-1 Atlantic 10)
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball aims for its fourth straight home victory on Wednesday when it hosts Temple at the Charles E. Smith Center. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Plus, as well as Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, and feature halftime segments with the Colonials' five players from the local DMV area and an interview with GW president Steven Knapp leading to this weekend's Inauguration events on campus and in the district.
The Colonials have started four freshmen in each of its first two Atlantic 10 games, splitting last week's conference openers with a 78-59 home victory over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday before dropping a 71-56 decision at Xavier on Saturday. Lasan Kromah has responded well to a reserve role, providing a team-high 13.0 points on 71.4 percent shooting in 20.5 minutes off the bench in the two contests.
GW dropped its fifth straight in the series to Temple, 79-72, at the Liacouras Center last February 8 despite leading throughout much of that contest. The Colonials led by as much as 49-34 early in the second half, but the Owls stormed back behind a late 22-5 run and a combined 47 points from Ramone Moore and Khalif Wyatt. Lasan Kromah scored 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench to spark GW's near upset. In two career games versus Temple, Kromah is averaging 17.0 points on 56.5 percent shooting (13-23)
The Colonials last beat the Owls, 84-72, at the Smith Center in February 2007 behind Carl Elliott's 17-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist triple-double - the first and only triple-double in GW basketball history. The victory also marked GW's 300th all-time at Smith Center, which opened in 1975. GW is now 344-151 all-time in the facility.
Isaiah Armwood, who is in his first of two years of eligibility at GW after transferring from Villanova, provided his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds in his A-10 debut against St. Bonaventure, with a game-high five blocks. Armwood is second in the league in blocks (3.1 bpg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg) and 25th in scoring (12.2 ppg). His 3.1 blocks per game rank ninth in the nation and 46 total blocks are more than 108 NCAA teams so far this season.
Temple bounced back from recent road losses at No. 6 Kansas (69-62) and Xavier (57-52) with a 64-54 victory over Saint Louis at the Liacouras Center on Saturday to improve to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic 10.
After starting the season with six straight victories, the Owls have gone 5-4, highlighted by an upset of then No. 3 ranked Syracuse and losses to No. 2 Duke, Canisius, Kansas and Xavier.
In its most recent outing against Saint Louis, the Owls ended the Billikens' nine-game win streak behind a combined 44 points and 15-of-24 shooting from Khalif Wyatt and Anthony Lee. Lee added 10 rebounds for his third career double-double.
Wyatt paces TU and is fifth in the A-10 in scoring at 16.0 points per game, followed by Lee's 12.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Scootie Randall is the third Owl in double figures at 11.9 points and team-leading 7.5 rebounds per game. Wyatt (23), Randall (25) and reserve Jake O'Brien (22) each have connected on 20-or-more three-pointers this season.
TU leads the A-10 with a 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio and is in the top three in the league in assists (2nd, 14.6 apg), steals (2nd, 8.5 spg), three-point percentage defense (3rd, 30.0%), free throw percentage (2nd, 72.6%) and turnover margin (3rd, +3.6). However, the Owls rank near the bottom of the conference in field goal percentage (15th, 40.6%), three point percentage (14th, 30.4%) and rebounding defense (14th, 37.7).
GW begins a two-game swing through New England on Saturday at Massachusetts. The game can be heard live on FederalNewsRadio.com, RaiseHigh.tv and 1500/820 AM. Fans and alumni in New England can join the traveling tailgate bus to cheer on the Colonials in Amherst, click here for details.