GW Men's Hoops Goes for #RevRivalry Sweep Sunday Versus Mason
GW (20-7, 8-5) vs. George Mason (10-17, 3-10) | Sunday, March 2 | Charles E. Smith Center | 1 p.m. | NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra
Feb. 27, 2014
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (20-7, 8-5 A-10)
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball begins the madness of March by hosting George Mason in the Revolutionary Rivalry at the Charles E. Smith Center on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Sunday's game will be broadcast on NBCSN, but will be joined in progress after the conclusion of the English Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Cardiff City. The game will be shown in its entirety on the NBC Sports Live Extra online stream and mobile app.
The Colonials enter this weekend's games tied with Richmond for fifth place in the Atlantic 10 standings with three regular season games remaining. GW is a game back of third place VCU and UMass, and two games behind second place Saint Joseph's, which GW hosts for Senior Night at the Smith Center on Wednesday, March 5. The top four teams in the final regular season standings will earn a bye through to the A-10 Championship quarterfinals at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
GW is 12-1 at home in the Smith Center this season with an average scoring margin of +16.8 points. The Colonials have averaged 79.0 points on 50.1 percent shooting over the 13 games, while limiting their opponents to 62.2 points on 39.5 percent shooting. A 13th home win would mark the second-most in a single season since the facility opened in 1975, trailing only a perfect 15-0 mark during the banner 2005-06 season.
With a victory, GW would sweep the men's basketball series with Mason and pull the Colonials even at 6-6 in the overall team standings of the inaugural Revolutionary Rivalry, an annual competition between the new A-10 rivals separated by less than 20 miles. Visit GWsports.com/rivalry for more information, schedule and standings, and use #RevRivalry to join the battle for the Tri-Corner Hat Trophy on social media.
The Colonials took a 5-4 edge in the #RevRivalry series with a 75-69 victory over the Patriots in the first men's basketball meeting on Jan. 25. Sophomores Joe McDonald and Kevin Larsen led GW with 14 points apiece, senior Isaiah Armwood added 12 points and graduate student Maurice Creek and sophomore Patricio Garino both scored 11 points. Creek dished out a career-high seven assists and McDonald added five as the Colonials assisted on 20-of-29 field goals for the game.
Behind the trio of McDonald, Armwood and Creek, GW shot a scorching 67 percent (18-27) in the second half to erase a 30-29 halftime deficit. McDonald scored all 14 of his points in the second half, while Armwood added 10 and Creek totaled nine points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals over the final 20 minutes.
The Colonials hold an 11-2 advantage in the series against the Patriots that dates back to 1975. GW has won all nine previous meetings at the Charles E. Smith Center, most recently a 66-49 rout of Mason in December 2009.
GW is coming off a 66-59 loss at league unbeaten No. 10 Saint Louis on Saturday, but the team still holds a 9-7 record against RPI Top 100 opponents this season. McDonald matched his career-high with 21 points against the Billikens, Larsen added his fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Garino chipped in 11 points for his ninth consecutive double-digit scoring game.
George Mason improved to 10-17 overall, 3-10 in the league and won its first A-10 home game with a 69-60 victory over Richmond at the Patriot Center on Wednesday. Mason shot 59 percent and limited UR to 24 percent in the first half to build a 37-16 halftime lead, then withstood the Spiders closing within five, 55-50, with five minutes to play. The Patriots are paced by the backcourt duo of Sherrod Wright and Bryon Allen, who average 15.7 and 15.6 points, respectively.