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GW Men's Hoops Tips Off #RevRivalry at Mason on NBCSN

Sophomore Joe McDonald will square off against friend and fellow 2012 Washington Post All-Met selection Patrick Holloway when GW visits George Mason in the Revolutionary Rivalry on Saturday.
 
Sophomore Joe McDonald will square off against friend and fellow 2012 Washington Post All-Met selection Patrick Holloway when GW visits George Mason in the Revolutionary Rivalry on Saturday.
 

Jan. 23, 2014

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WHO: GW Men's Basketball (15-3, 3-1)
WHAT: 100th Season Game #19, Atlantic 10 Game #5 at George Mason Patriots (7-12, 0-5)
WHERE: Patriot Center (10,000)
4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030 | Directions
WHEN: Saturday, January 25 at 12:00 p.m.
HOW: Buy Tickets | GW Alumni Tickets & Reception
TV: NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports Live Extra (Mike Corey, Ronnie Thompson)
NBCSN Channel Finder | NBC Sports Live Extra stream | Live Extra mobile app download
AUDIO: RaiseHigh Live, FederalNewsRadio.com, 1500 AM, Search WFED on tunein site & mobile app (Byron Kerr) | WRGW Sports
STATS: via George Mason Athletics
TWITTER: @GW_MBB | @GWGeorge | #RaiseHigh | #RevRivalry
INSTAGRAM: GW_MBB | GW_GEORGE
FACEBOOK: GWMensBasketball
PROMOTION: Revolutionary Rivalry
- GW Alumni tickets and pre-game reception at Mason Inn and Conference Center at 10 a.m.
- Student tickets sign-up, tickets and transportation are FREE for current GW students who RSVP by Friday, January 24th at 12 p.m.
- Transportation is FREE for students, and $10 for alumni, season ticket holders and fans who purchase a ticket. Please arrive at the Smith Center at 10:15 a.m. The bus will leave promptly soon after. Transportation will be provided back to campus to all attendees 10 minutes after the game ends.

WASHINGTON - GW men's basketball opens the Revolutionary Rivalry series against Atlantic 10 newcomer George Mason on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The first-ever A-10 meeting between the programs will be televised nationally on NBCSN.

GW holds a 10-2 advantage in the series against GMU that dates back to 1975. The Colonials have won all nine meetings at the Charles E. Smith Center and are 1-2 at the Patriot Center following a 60-46 loss in the two teams' most recent meeting on Dec. 1, 2010.

Saturday's game is the first of two meetings between the programs in the inaugural year of the Revolutionary Rivalry, an annual competition between the new A-10 rivals separated by less than 20 miles. The winner of Saturday's game will give its school a 5-4 lead in the quest for the Tri-Corner Hat Trophy. Visit GWsports.com/rivalry for more information, schedule and standings, and use #RevRivalry to join the battle on social media.

The two programs set the new Rivalry aside earlier this week when players from both teams visited Southeast's D.C. Homeless Shelter on Martin Luther King Day to distribute winter coats to children and families as part of Coats for Kids, the Children's Charities Foundation's charitable drive aided by funds raised at the annual BB&T Classic.

The Colonials enter on a three-game win streak following a 79-71 victory at St. Bonaventure last Saturday. Graduate student Maurice Creek made five 3-pointers, including four in the second half, to lead all scorers with 21 points. Sophomore Kethan Savage totaled 17 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds, and sophomore Kevin Larsen finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. GW trailed 30-29 at halftime, but shot 58 percent in the second half, including 5-of-8 behind the arc, and received 14 second-half points from Creek, 13 from Larsen and 12 from Savage to emerge victorious at SBU.

GW's team success can be illustrated by consistency in all facets of the game as it's currently the only team in the A-10 ranked in the top five in the conference in the key categories of scoring offense (5th, 75.3 ppg), scoring defense (4th, 66.0 ppg), field goal percentage (4th, 46.7%) and field goal defense (3rd, 41.2%). The Colonials lead the league in blocks (5.4 bpg) and are among the A-10 leaders in three-point shooting (3rd, 36.3%), rebound margin (3rd, +4.7), assists (5th, 14.0 apg) and steals (2nd, 8.2 spg).

George Mason has lost six straight games, including five by six points or less, to fall to 7-12 overall and 0-5 in its debut season in the A-10. In total, 13 of the Patriots' 19 games have been decided by single digits. Third-year Head Coach Paul Hewitt has 10 players averaging at least 12 minutes per game, with guards Bryon Allen and Sherrod Wright leading the team in scoring at 14.5 and 14.3 points per game, respectively.

 

 

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