No. 7/6 GW Shoots For Single-Season Wins Record Wednesday at St. Bonaventure
No. 7/6 GW (24-1, 14-0) at St. Bonaventure (8-17, 2-12)
March 1, 2006
Game 26 Atlantic 10 Conference game
SBU COACH: Anthony Solomon (Virginia `87)
Winners of 24 of 25 games and owners of the nation's longest winning streak at 16 straight, the No. 7/6 Colonials (24-1, 14-0 A-10) are having a historic year and are off to the best start in the 92-season history of the program. If GW can win today, it would mark GW's single-season record for most victories (25) eclipsing the previous record of 24 which has been accomplished twice before (1953-54 and 1997-98).
GW clinched its second straight A-10 regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the A-10 Tournament with a 78-67 victory over Fordham Saturday at Rose Hill Gym.
The Colonials' 14 A-10 victories are their most in 30 seasons as charter members of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu suffered a slight tear in his left meniscus (knee cartilage) during the La Salle game. He missed the Fordham game and will miss tonight's game. He underwent successful surgery Tuesday and is expected to be able to rejoin the team in time for the NCAA Tournament.
GW and No. 1 Duke are the only one-loss teams left in Division I.
St. Bonaventure is coming off a 77-76 victory over Duquesne Saturday in Pittsburgh for its second victory in its last 15 outings.
A Closer Look at St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies feature three players from the metropolitan Washington, DC area in starters Wade Dunston (Washington, DC), Ahmad Smith (Alexandria, VA) and Terron Diggs (Fairfax, VA). Diggs is not related to GW freshman F Rob Diggs. SBU has a pair of A-10 victories over Richmond and Duquesne. Bonaventure is led by Smith's 16.3 ppg (70 assists) and sophomore F Michael Lee (12.6 ppg, 29 blocks). Junior F Paul Williams is third on the team in scoring at 10.0 ppg but leads the team in FG% at .522 (93-178) and rebounding with 7.4 rpg. As a team, SBU ranks second in the league in offensive rebounds at 14.2 orpg. GW has won the last two meetings including an 85-59 decision at Reilly Center last year. SBU's last victory over GW was on Feb. 26, 2003 (94-89) in overtime also at Reilly Center. St. Bonaventure is 6-6 at Reilly Center this season and 357-155 (.697) all-time at home.
GW's last loss to St. Bonaventure was three years ago, a 94-89 setback in overtime, on Feb. 26, 2003.
Despite winning both of its games last week, GW fell one spot to No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll (released on Feb. 27) and remained at No. 6 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
Next Game: GW returns to Smith Center to host Charlotte for `Senior Day' on Mar. 4 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN and will be broadcast live in the Washington area on WMET 1160, WAGE 1200 AM as well as via www.GWsports.com.