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Men's Basketball Hosts La Salle Wednesday at 7:30

Damian Hollis
Damian Hollis

Feb. 10, 2009

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La Salle (12-10, 3-5) at George Washington (7-13, 1-7)
Game 21 • Atlantic 10 Conference Game
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 • Time: 7:30 pm (EST)
Location: Smith Center (5,000) • Washington, DC
Radio: 1050 AM (Byron Kerr)
Internet: live video streaming, stats on GameTracker at
TV: none
Series: GW leads, 17-8 (GW 11-1 at Smith Center)

GW COACH: Karl Hobbs (Connecticut `85)
Record at GW: 130-95 (.578) 8th season
Atlantic 10 Record: 65-55 (.542) 8th season
Career Record: 130-95 (.578) 8th season
Hobbs' Record vs. La Salle: 8-4

LA SALLE COACH: John Giannini (N. Central Coll. `84)
Record at LU: 65-76 (.461) 5th season
Atlantic 10 Record: 31-43 (.419) 5th season
Career Record: 362-225 (.617) 20th season
Rowan 168-38, Maine 125-111
Giannini's Record vs. GW: 2-4

Wednesday's Game: GW (7-13, 1-7) hosts La Salle (12-10, 3-5) in a rematch of a 76-66 loss to the Explorers on Jan. 28 in Philadelphia.

• GW is 5-3 at home this season while La Salle is 3-4 on the road this year with road victories at Hartford, Charlotte and Massachusetts.

• GW is 8-4 vs. La Salle under Karl Hobbs (5-1 at Smith Center).

• The home team has won 11 of the last 15 meetings between the teams and 17 of 25 games in the series.

• GW is coming off an 87-62 victory over Fordham Saturday, its first A-10 victory of the year and it snapped an 11-game losing skid, GW's longest under Hobbs. Junior Damian Hollis scored a team-high 19 points against the Rams and Rob Diggs added 17 to the lead the Colonials. GW shot 57.4 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three-point range.

• La Salle has lost three straight, most recently, a 72-67 setback on Saturday at St. Bonaventure in Olean, NY. The Explorers shot 37 percent in their loss to the Bonnies to fall to 3-5 in the league. Rodney Green and Kimmani Barrett scored 13 points each to lead the Explorers who were without Yves Mekongo Mbala who suffered a broken hand in Wednesday's game at Dayton.

• GW is 315-124 (.718) all-time in 34 seasons at Smith Center.

A Closer Look at La Salle: The Explorers, under fifth-year coach John Giannini, enter play Wednesday with an 12-10 record, 3-5 A-10 after dropping their last three games. La Salle has four players averaging double figures led by Rodney Green's 17.0 ppg and Kimmani Barrett's 11.6 ppg. Yves Mekongo Mbala, who scored a game-high 26 points against GW on Jan. 28, is out with a broken hand. Ruben Guillandeaux averages 10.5 points and had 14 against GW in the Jan. 28 game. In their most recent outing Feb. 7 at St. Bonaventure, the Explorers shot 37 percent overall in losing to the Bonnies, 72-67. La Salle had 11 steals and blocked six shots but committed 15 turnovers in the loss to SBU. For the season, La Salle is shooting 45.6 percent from the field, averages 71.3 points a game and is dominating the boards by 5.4 caroms a game.

Next Game: GW travels to Charlotte on Sat., Feb. 14 for the first of two games with the 49ers at 3:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 1500 AM, 820 AM and via the Internet at and



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