Men's Basketball Looks for Third Straight Win as SLU Visits
Colonials, Billikens set for 4 p.m. tip-off in the Smith Center
|George Washington (11-9, 3-4 A-10) vs. Saint Louis (6-14, 2-6 A-10)|
|Date, Time||Saturday, January 28 | 4 p.m. ET|
|Location||Charles E. Smith Center | Washington, D.C.|
|Coverage||ASN, CSN+ | Where to Watch | AM 1500, TuneIn|
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TIPPING OFF: GW looks to make it three straight wins and even its record in conference play as Saint Louis comes to the Charles E. Smith Center for a Saturday matinee. The game will tip at 4 p.m. and be televised nationally by ASN; it can be seen in the Washington, DC, area on CSN+.
LAST TIME OUT: Tyler Cavanaugh and Jordan Roland combined to make 8-of-10 three-pointers while tallying 20 points apiece as GW never trailed in an 87-68 win at George Mason on Wednesday. The win was the Colonials’ seventh straight over the Patriots. As a team, GW hit 11-of-19 (.579) from long range and had 19 assists on 27 field goals. Yuta Watanabe added 12 points and eight rebounds and Patrick Steeves had a season-high 11 points along with five boards, two assists and two blocks.
ABOUT SAINT LOUIS: The Billikens are coming off a 74-70 home win over Massachusetts which moved their record to 6-14 overall and 2-6 in the Atlantic 10. Without the services of leading scorer Jermaine Bishop for the last 11 games, Davell Roby is Saint Louis’s top scorer at 10.7 points per game and had 17 in Wednesday’s win over the Minutemen.
SERIES HISTORY: Both teams have protected home court with GW having won five of six in the Smith Center, and the Billikens owning a 6-0 record in Saint Louis. The series is tied up 7-7 after the teams split two games last year, with SLU winning at home in January before GW took revenge with a 73-65 win in an Atlantic 10 Tournament second round meeting.
OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT: GW put up a season-best 87 points in Wednesday’s Revolutionary Rivalry win at George Mason, topping the previous high of 79 vs. Howard back on Dec. 10. Ten players found the scoring column in the game. In the second half, the Colonials connected on 16-of-29 (.552) from the field.
BUCKETS FROM THE BENCH: Wednesday’s point total was due in large part to the reserves, who contributed a season-high 40 points. Roland (20) and Steeves (11) provided much of the punch, while Kevin Marfo, Collin Smith and Collin Goss chipped in the other nine.
THREE POINT BARRAGE: GW has hit double-digit threes three straight games, connecting on 11-of-19 (.579) at George Mason, 11-of-25 (.421) vs. Duquesne and 10-of-24 (.417) at La Salle. The Colonials have knocked down at least 10 threes in eight games this year. In conference play, GW leads the league in both three-point field goals made per game (9.3) and three-point field goal percentage (.425).
HELPING HAND: Over the last 11 games GW has averaged 15.4 assists per game, after averaging 11.0 assists over the first nine games of the year. The Colonials had 19 in the win over George Mason.
PROTECTING HOME COURT: Since 2013-14, GW has been one of the best teams in the Atlantic 10 at protecting home court. The Colonials own a 50-8 record, including 8-2 this year, for a .862 winning percentage, which is third-best in the conference. Only VCU (51-7, .879) and Dayton (54-8, .871) have a better home winning percentage in that stretch.
NOTABLE: Roland ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in three-point shooting at .439 … three freshmen have combined for 30 starts this season: Smith (16), Arnaldo Toro (12) and Bolden (2) … Watanabe has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games after returning from a calf injury … Cavanaugh is one of three A-10 players with at least seven 20-point games and six double-doubles. Marquise Moore of George Mason has 13 double-doubles and nine 20-point games; while T.J. Cline of Richmond has eight double-doubles and eight 20-point games.
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