GW Men's Hoops Clashes with #14 Butler for Homecoming Sell Out
GW (11-10, 5-3 A-10) vs. Butler (19-4, 6-2 A-10) | Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 | Charles E. Smith Center | 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 8, 2013
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (11-10, 5-3 Atlantic 10)
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball will meet Atlantic 10 co-leader Butler for the first time when the #14 Bulldogs visit sold out Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday. The contest is the first of four consecutive games televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, and will also be streamed live on RaiseHigh.tv, and broadcast live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.
Saturday's game is part of Homecoming weekend at GW and will mark the 20th anniversary celebration of the men's basketball program's run to the 1993 NCAA Sweet 16 - the deepest postseason run in program history. Several members of that team are slated to be in attendance at Saturday's game, including Sonni Holland, Antoine Hart, Daryl Collette and Adama Kah.
Key updates to prepare for Homecoming:
Get to campus early. With large crowds expected for the game and weekend track work expected for metro riders on the Orange and Red lines, you'll want to arrive early.
Stop by the Tailgate. We're proud to be welcoming Hill Country Barbecue as a sponsor of our Homecoming tailgate at FedEx Plaza starting at 11 a.m. between Funger and Duques Halls at 22nd and G Streets, NW. All fans are invited, and food and drink service will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Use All Entrances. If you already have your ticket, consider using the main box office entrance or our entrance at 23rd and G Streets, NW (across from Funger Hall near the Greek Townhouse Row). Will Call will be open at 1 p.m. and is located at the corner of G and 22nd Streets on the upper level entrance.
Bring canned food. As part of our continuing effort to support Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, we're asking all fans to bring a non-perishable food item to feed the hungry in the Washington, DC area. Collection stations will be available at all entrances.
The Colonials welcome the highest nationally ranked foe to the Smith Center since 2000 (3/4/00 vs. #5 Temple) on Saturday with the 14th-ranked Bulldogs. A win over Butler would mark GW's first win over a ranked opponent since downing #21 Maryland, 78-70, in the 2005 BB&T Classic on December 6, 2005, and GW's first home win over a ranked foe since beating #18 Xavier, 78-73, in overtime on January 14, 1998.
GW posted its third straight road victory and fourth win in its last five games overall with a 79-57 rout at Duquesne on Wednesday night. The Colonials blew open the game with an early 32-7 run, set a season-high with a +20 rebound margin (47-27) and matched a season-high advantage in points in the paint (44-14) in securing their first win in Pittsburgh in four tries. Four players reached double-figures led by Lasan Kromah's season- and game-high 19 points, including 15 in the first half, 13 of which came during the clinching 32-7 spurt. Isaiah Armwood provided his sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds, as well as four blocks, and Joe McDonald and Kevin Larsen added 11 and 10, respectively.
Coach Mike Lonergan enters Saturday's game two wins shy of 400 career victories (398-187) in his 20th season as a head coach. Lonergan trails only Temple's Fran Dunphy (459) and La Salle's Dr. John Giannini (431) as the A-10's winningest head coaches.
Butler has won two straight games and 16 of its last 18 following a 77-58 rout of St. Bonaventure at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday. The Bulldogs are a perfect 12-0 at home and 7-4 away from Hinkle this season, including 4-3 in true road games.
The backcourt trio of Rotnei Clarke, Chase Stigall and Kellen Dunham combined for eight 3-pointers and 38 points, while the frontcourt duo of Andrew Smith and Khyle Marshall combined for 8-of-8 field goals and 25 points in Butler's victory over St. Bona.
Clarke (17.1 ppg), Smith (11.6), Dunham (10.5), Marshall (10.3) and Roosevelt Jones (10.3) all average double-figures for the Bulldogs. Clarke is in the top 3 in the A-10 in scoring, three-point percentage (.440) and threes made (73-166), and Marshall (.567), Smith (.557) and Jones (.495) all rank in the top 15 in the A-10 in field goal percentage. Jones and Smith pace the team with 5.4 rebounds per game, but Jones played just two minutes against the Bonnies on Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game.
BU is the only team in the Atlantic 10 better on the boards than GW, leading the conference and ranking 15th nationally with a +7.9 rebound margin. The Colonials are second in the league and 36th in the nation at +5.7.
This is the first-time Butler has played in the district since the 2011 NCAA Tournament Second and Third Rounds at Verizon Center, where the Bulldogs defeated Old Dominion and Pittsburgh en route to their second consecutive national championship game appearance.
GW will have a week off before taking its three-game road win streak to VCU on Saturday, Feb. 16, for the first meeting between the programs as A-10 members. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and broadcast live on FederalNewsRadio.com, RaiseHigh.tv and 1500/820 AM.