GW Men's Hoops Looks to Maintain Home Dominance Wednesday Versus Duquesne
arv/arv GW (17-4, 5-2) vs. Duquesne (10-10, 2-5) | Wednesday, Feb. 5 | Charles E. Smith Center | 7 p.m. | RaiseHigh Live
Feb. 4, 2014
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (17-4, 5-2)
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball begins a week-long home stand on Wednesday by hosting Duquesne at the Charles E. Smith Center at 7 p.m.
GW, which will also host Fordham for Homecoming this Saturday, Feb. 8, improved to 10-0 at Smith Center this season, with an average margin of victory of 18.5 points, and won its 11th consecutive home game with a 69-47 victory over La Salle last Wednesday. The 11 straight home wins are tied for the 16th longest active streak in the nation, and the Colonials are one of 26 NCAA Division I teams undefeated on their home court this season.
GW had its five-game win streak, its longest conference win streak since 2006-07, snapped and fell into a tie for third in the A-10 standings with a 75-65 loss at Dayton on Saturday in a contest in which the Colonials lacked a trio of backcourt starters in Maurice Creek, Joe McDonald and Kethan Savage. The frontcourt duo of senior Isaiah Armwood (19p/13r/4a) and sophomore Kevin Larsen (14p/10r) provided double-doubles, sophomore Patricio Garino had 19 points, six rebounds and three assists, and freshman Miguel Cartagena had seven assists against just one turnover in his first collegiate start to lead the Colonials.
As they did against the Flyers, the trio of Armwood, Larsen and Garino have led the way for GW throughout conference play, combining for 41.7 points on 58.6 percent shooting and 23.1 rebounds in seven A-10 games. Larsen is averaging a team-best 15.1 points on 62.3 percent shooting along with 8.1 boards in league action, while Garino adds 14.0 points on 60 percent shooting, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals. Armwood has recorded five of his seven double-doubles (ranking fourth in the conference) during league play, and is one of two players averaging a double-double in A-10 games at 12.6 points and 10.3 rebounds.
GW rolled to a 22-point victory at Duquesne, 79-57, last February on the strength of a game-deciding 32-7 run in the first half and Armwood's 14-point, 13-rebound, four-block effort. The Colonials also defeated the Dukes, 56-51, in the most recent meeting at Smith Center in Feb. 2012 to improve to 44-27 in the series overall and 24-7 all-time against the Dukes inside the district.
At 10 overall wins and two league victories, Duquesne is already ahead of its marks from last season when it went 8-22 overall and 1-15 in the A-10 thanks to the additions of transfer forwards Ovie Soko and Dominique McKoy. Soko, who faced GW twice during his three seasons at UAB, leads the Dukes with 18.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, while McKoy, who played in the Smith Center in 2012 as a reserve at Rhode Island, is second on the team at 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. Duquesne ranks among the A-10's top offenses at 76.2 points and 15.1 assists per game, but ranks last in the league in overall (45.6%) and three-point field goal (40.2%) defense and is 12th in the conference in scoring defense (75.2 ppg)