Men's Basketball Takes on Saint Louis Saturday at 9 pm (EST)
Jan. 16, 2009
George Washington (6-8, 0-2) at Saint Louis (10-6, 1-1)
Game 15 Atlantic 10 Conference Game
GW COACH: Karl Hobbs (Connecticut `85)
SLU COACH: Rick Majerus (Marquette `70)
Saturday's Game: GW (6-8, 0-2) makes its first trip to Chaifetz Arena Saturday. The Colonials aim to snap a six-game losing skid Saturday night against Saint Louis (10-6, 1-1) in the only regular-season meeting.
The home team has won four of the five meetings with GW prevailing in the only neutral-site game in the semifinal round at the 2007 A-10 Tournament.
The last two meetings have resulted in an average score of 44-42 in favor of the Colonials.
GW is 2-4 on the road this season while SLU is a 9-1 at home losing only to Kent State (76-74) in overtime in their second game of the season. This marks the first season in the Billikens' new Chaifetz Arena.
GW is coming off a narrow 88-83 loss at Duquesne on Wednesday at the Palumbo Center in snowy Pittsburgh. Rob Diggs paced the Colonials with 25 points and eight rebounds.
Saturday's game is GW's seventh away from Smith Center in its last eight outings dating back to Dec. 17. The Colonials have played four road games and two neutral-site games during that span.
Saint Louis, winners of three of their last four, hit nine three-pointers in downing UMass, 69-64, Wednesday at Chaifetz Arena to improve to 1-1 in the league. Tommie Liddell and Kwamain Mitchell led four Billikens in double figures with 14 points each against the Minutemen.
A Closer Look at Saint Louis: The Billikens enter play Saturday with a 10-6 overall record, 1-1 in the A-10 under second-year coach Rick Majerus. Majerus is in his 22nd season as a head coach and Saint Louis is his fourth stop. This marks SLU's first season at its new Chaifetz Arena on campus. Saint Louis has two players averaging double figure points, led by senior guards Tommie Liddell (13.6 ppg, 6.4 rebs.) and Kevin Lisch's 13.5 ppg. For the season, SLU is shooting 41.3 percent from the field, averages 60.1 points a game and is outrebounding its opponents by more than three caroms a game. SLU leads the A-10 in scoring defense allowing just 57.1 points and opponents are shooting just 24.9 percent from three-point range.
Next Game: GW returns to Washington to host Dayton Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. (EST). The game will be broadcast live on 1500 AM and via the Internet at FederalNewsRadio.com and GWsports.com.