Men's Basketball Hits the Road to Face Rhode Island
Colonials, Rams set for 7pm tip Tuesday on CBS Sports Network
|George Washington (12-9, 4-4 A-10) vs. Rhode Island (13-7, 5-3 A-10)|
|Date, Time||Tuesday, January 31 | 7 p.m. ET|
|Location||Thomas M. Ryan Center | Kingston, RI|
|Coverage||CBSSN | AM 1050, TuneIn|
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TIPPING OFF: After winning its last three games in a row, the GW men's basketball team begins a difficult stretch against three teams ahead of it in the conference standings as it goes on the road to face the Rhode Island Rams, Tuesday at 7pm on CBS Sports Network. The Colonials close the week with a trip to Richmond on Saturday before hosting VCU on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
LAST TIME OUT: GW battled for a 63-55 victory over Saint Louis on Saturday, overcoming a 13-point deficit in a game it trailed for nearly 35 minutes. The Colonials got 18 points from Tyler Cavanaugh and a season-high 13 from reserve Patrick Steeves, with 11 of his coming in the second half. SLU hit its first eight shots of the game but GW held the visitors to 13-of-47 (.277) shooting thereafter to improve to 3-0 when holding the opponent under 60 points. The win moved GW's record to 12-9 overall and 4-4 in the Atlantic 10.
ABOUT RHODE ISLAND: The Rams are 13-7 overall, and 5-3 in the A-10, after a 71-59 home win over St. Bonaventure on Saturday. E.C. Matthews leads a trio of scorers averaging double figures with 15.4 points per game, while Hassan Martin averages 14.2 ppg and a conference-best 3.3 blocks per game. As a team, the Rams also lead the league in that category with 6.0 per game, while ranking third in scoring defense (66.4 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (.416).
SERIES HISTORY: GW leads the series, 31-26, after completing an epic comeback from 18 points down in front of a raucous snow-day crowd at the Charles E. Smith Center last January 22nd. The Colonials' 62-58 win marked their largest comeback in 10 years, as Cavanaugh double-doubled with 13 points and 10 rebounds and GW hit 25-of-30 at the foul line. In games played in Kingston, the series is nearly even, with Rhode Island holding a slight 13-12 edge.
SLUGGING IT OUT: For the sixth time this season, and second in conference play, GW held its opponent under 40 percent shooting when it limited Saint Louis to .382 from the field. The Colonials are 6-0 in those instances (Maryland-Eastern Shore, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Howard, UCF, Davidson, Saint Louis).
BUCKETS FROM THE BENCH: GW has received a big lift from its reserves in each of the last two games. Against George Mason the bench contributed a season-high 40 points as Jordan Roland scored 20 and Steeves had 11. Against Saint Louis, GW's reserves outscores the Billikens' 28-5, with Steeves netting 13, Roland eight and Collin Smith seven.
OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT: GW put up a season-best 87 points in last 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.
THREE POINT BARRAGE: GW leads the Atlantic 10 in three-point field goal percentage in conference games (.413) and also ranks second in three-pointers made per game (8.9). The Colonials have hit double-digit threes five times in league play, including three of the last four (11 vs. George Mason, 11 vs. Duquesne, 10 vs. La Salle).
HELPING HAND: Over the last 12 games GW has averaged 15.0 assists per game, after averaging 11.0 assists over the first nine games of the year.
NOTABLE: Roland ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in three-point shooting at .443 ... three freshmen have combined for 32 starts this season: Smith (16), Arnaldo Toro (13) and Bolden (3) ... Watanabe has scored in double figures in seven of the last nine 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 nine double-doubles and nine 20-point games.
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