Eras Collide as GW Men's Hoops Hosts Catholic in Exhibition
Oct. 31, 2012
WHO: GW Men's Basketball
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's basketball team will host an exhibition against Catholic University of America at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2:00 p.m.
The exhibition will serve as a tune-up for the Colonials' season-opener next Saturday, Nov. 10 against Youngstown State at the Smith Center. Tip-off against Youngstown is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., and will be preceded by the second annual Home Opener Tailgate on 22nd Street beginning at 2:00 p.m.
GW coach Mike Lonergan's present and past will collide as he leads his 2012-13 Colonials against a Catholic Cardinals program he played for from 1984-88 and coached from 1992-2004. As a player, Lonergan helped CUA to a 65-38 overall record in four seasons, then guided the program to a 251-88 record in 12 seasons as head coach. He led the Cardinals to eight 20-win seasons as head coach, highlighted by a 28-5 record and NCAA Division III national championship in 2000-01. Lonergan was inducted into the CUA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
Coach Lonergan will also face a former protégé in Catholic head coach Steve Howes, who played for Lonergan from 1993-95 and served two separate stints as an assistant coach under Lonergan from 1998-2000 and 2001-04. The exhibition also pits two former district and Division I rivals who last met in regular-season play in 1983 with GW posting a 117-73 victory.
GW returns seven players from last year's 2011-12 team and welcomes six newcomers to the roster. Senior guard Lasan Kromah is the Colonials' top returning scorer at 11.1 points per game, followed by senior forward David Pellom at 10.4 points per game. Pellom, who set a new GW program record by shooting 68.5 percent from the floor in 2011-12, will miss the exhibition against CUA while he continues to rehab from left wrist surgery performed in July. Upperclassmen Bryan Bynes, Nemanja Mikic and Dwayne Smith, and sophomores John Kopriva and Jonathan Davis also return to the lineup.
Fans will see senior newcomer Isaiah Armwood in the Buff and Blue for the first time after he missed the entire 2011-12 season following his transfer from Big East power Villanova, along with heralded freshmen Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen, Paris Maragkos, Joe McDonald and Kethan Savage. Larsen, who has been cleared to return to practice this week, is questionable due to injury.
Catholic, which has played Notre Dame and Florida in exhibition contests in each of the past two seasons, is coming off a 19-9 campaign and an appearance in the ECAC South Championship title game in 2011-12. CUA is expected to return four starters and four of its top five scorers from last year's team, including leading scorers Shawn Holmes (14.7 ppg) and Steve Limberiou (13.6 ppg).