GW Men's Hoops Tips Off #RevRivalry at Mason on NBCSN
arv/arv GW (15-3, 3-1) at George Mason (7-12, 0-5) | Saturday, Jan. 25 | Patriot Center | 12 p.m. | NBCSN
Jan. 23, 2014
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (15-3, 3-1)
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.