Men's Basketball Renews Revolutionary Rivalry on Wednesday
Colonials set to host George Mason for a 7 p.m. tip
TIPPING OFF: GW returns home to face George Mason for its lone home game in a five-game stretch, after visiting Davidson and Richmond last week. After renewing the Revolutionary Rivalry with the Patriots, GW heads to VCU on Saturday and then gets a week off before going to St. Bonaventure on Sunday, Jan. 28.
LAST TIME OUT: Patrick Steeves scored 23 points and Bo Zeigler added 16 points and nine rebounds, but the Colonials fell at Richmond on Saturday, 78-68. GW led for nearly 10 minutes in the game, with its last lead coming after Terry Nolan Jr. buried a three to make it 46-45 with 14:00 to play. Richmond, however, answered with a three of its own and held off several rallies over the remainder of the contest.
SERIES HISTORY: GW has won all eight meetings since the Patriots joined the Atlantic 10 and holds an 18-2 advantage in the series history. In the Smith Center, the Colonials have never lost to George Mason, having won all 13 previous meetings.
STEEVES' SHOOTING: No Colonial has been more accurate from the field this season than graduate student forward Patrick Steeves, who is connecting on 53.5 percent (85-159) of his field goal attempts, a figure which ranks seventh in the A-10. The Montreal native has done the majority of his work inside, hitting 83-of-149 from two-point territory. Most recently, Steeves connected on 9-of-13 shots to finish with a season-high tying 23 points at Richmond on Saturday. He's reached double figures in scoring nine times this season after doing it eight times all of last year.
BO'S BOOST: After coming off the bench in the first 16 games of the season, graduate student forward Bo Zeigler has been inserted into the starting lineup the past two games and given GW a boost. Making his first start in a Colonials uniform at Davidson last Wednesday, he was limited to just six minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, and 18 minutes in all, but had three blocks on the defensive end while hitting all three of his FG attempts to finish with seven points. Then, at Richmond on Saturday, he had his best game of the year with 16 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes, all of which marked season highs.
REVOLUTIONARY RIVALRY: Up for grabs in the game will be a point in the Revolutionary Rivalry, the year-long competition between the neighboring schools that culminates in the awarding of the Tri-Corner Hat Trophy. The competition began when Mason joined the conference in 2013, with GW winning the first season before a tie in 2014-15. The Colonials won the last two competitions, 15.5-3.5 in 2015-16 and 16-3 in 2016-17. This year, they hold a 6-1 lead.
NOTABLE NUMBERS: The Colonials rank first in the A-10 and 41st nationally with 86 blocks on the year ... GW matched a season-high with eight steals at Richmond ... GW is committing just 13.9 fouls per game, a mark which ranks third nationally ... That's helped lead to an advantage at the charity stripe, where the Colonials are 195-279 as a team compared to 173-244 for their opponents ... GW has made as many or more freebies than their opponent in 10 games this year ... Yuta Watanabe ranks first in the A-10 and 15th nationally in minutes per game with 37.2 and is one of four Colonials averaging more than 30 minutes per game (Jair Bolden -- 35.4, Terry Nolan Jr. -- 30.8, Patrick Steeves -- 30.4).
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