GW Men's Hoops Visits Dayton for Saturday Matinee on NBCSN
arv/arv GW (17-3, 5-1) at Dayton (13-8, 1-5) | Saturday, Feb. 1 | UD Arena | 12:30 p.m. | NBCSN
Jan. 30, 2014
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (17-3, 5-1)
DAYTON, Ohio - GW men's basketball goes for its sixth straight league win on Saturday when it visits Dayton for a national NBCSN broadcast.
GW remained in a tie for second place in the Atlantic 10 by avenging its lone league loss with a 69-47 romp over La Salle on Wednesday. The victory kept the Colonials perfect at home this season (10-0) and extended their Charles E. Smith Center win streak to 11 games. GW's five-game conference win streak matches its longest since the 2006-07 season when it captured the 2007 A-10 Championship.
Currently 34th in the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index, GW is one of 14 teams in NCAA Division I with at least eight RPI Top 100 victories (Arizona, Creighton, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan State, Ohio State, Syracuse, Texas, Villanova, Virginia, Wisconsin).
In Wednesday's win over the Explorers, the Colonials surrendered season lows of 47 points, 15 field goals and 27.3 percent shooting, and also improved to 15-0 this season when shooting better than 40 percent. GW put four players in double-digit scoring for the ninth time this season, led by senior Isaiah Armwood's sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and career-high tying 14 rebounds. Sophomore Kevin Larsen added 15 points and eight rebounds, graduate student Maurice Creek also had 15 points powered by three 3-pointers, and sophomore Patricio Garino chipped in 10 points and seven boards.
While Creek paces the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game, the Colonials have gotten major contributions from sophomores Kevin Larsen and Patricio Garino in conference play. Larsen is averaging 15.3 points on 64 percent shooting and 7.8 rebounds in six A-10 games, while Garino is providing 13.2 points on 67 percent shooting and 1.9 steals. Armwood is averaging a near double-double of 11.5 points and 9.8 boards in league action.
The most recent series meeting between GW and Dayton produced one of the most iconic finishes in Smith Center history. Armwood's SportsCenter Top 10 tip dunk with 2.4 seconds remaining in overtime capped a 6-1 run over the final 40 seconds and gave GW an 81-80 victory over Dayton for one of the final bids to the 2013 A-10 Championship. That victory gave the Colonials a 16-14 edge in the all-time series, though they'll be searching for their first win at UD Arena since 2005, a stretch of five consecutive losses.
Dayton has dropped four consecutive games and five of its last six, including three straight at UD Arena, to fall to 13-8 overall and 11th in the A-10 at 1-5. The trio of guard Jordan Sibert (12.0 ppg) and forwards Devin Oliver (12.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg) and Dyshawn Pierre (12.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg) pace the Flyers. UD leads the A-10 in field goal shooting at 47.5 percent, with GW a close second at 47.3 percent.
Coach Mike Lonergan will be among nearly 100 men's basketball coaches throughout the country who will be wearing an "Autism Speaks" pin on his suit jacket on Saturday. Towson's Pat Skerry and Marshall's Tom Herrion, each of whom have sons on the autism spectrum, have started a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about this disease.