GW Men's Hoops Begins 99th Season on Saturday Against Youngstown St.
Seven Returners, Six Newcomers Look to Blaze Trail of Success for Coach Lonergan's Colonials
Nov. 6, 2012
WHO: GW Men's Basketball
WASHINGTON - George Washington tips off its 99th season of collegiate basketball on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4:00 p.m., against Youngstown State at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Saturday's game will be preceded by the second annual Home Opener Tailgate on 22nd Street between F and G Streets NW. Presented in conjunction with the Colonial Army and support from Student Association, Green GW, Program Board, the GW Cheer Team and First Ladies, the Home Opener Tailgate is free to all fans.
Interrupted only in 1909-12, 1918-20 and 1943-45, the 2012-13 campaign will mark the 99th season in which GW has fielded a varsity program, dating back to its debut in 1906-07. The Colonials carry an all-time record of 1,230-1,063 into Saturday's game against the Penguins, including a mark of 69-29 in season openers after last year's 64-48 victory over UMES in the first game of the Coach Mike Lonergan era. That contest was played in front of a season-high 3,369 fans and marked GW's sixth win in a season debut in the past seven seasons.
GW begins its second season under Coach Lonergan with seven returning letterwinners and six newcomers - a 13-player roster which spent 10 days practicing ahead of 11 days in Italy this summer. GW went 4-1 during its tour, posting a 28-point margin of victory while averaging nearly 84 points. Three of GW's top four scorers during the tour will make their debut in the Buff and Blue this season - freshmen Patricio Garino (12.0 ppg in Italy) and Joe McDonald (10.0 ppg) and Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood (10.4).
GW had four players reach double-figures in scoring, and Armwood grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds in his Buff and Blue debut, as the Colonials eased by Division III Catholic University, 72-46, in exhibition action at the Smith Center on Saturday. The exhibition tune-up featured Coach Lonergan facing his alma mater and the program he led to the 2001 NCAA Division III national title. Lonergan's Colonials allowed just a pair of Cardinals' players to make more than two field goals, and held overwhelming advantages in points in the paint (40-18), second-chance points (18-2) and bench points (30-6).
Senior Dwayne Smith equaled the game-high with 14 points, senior Lasan Kromah netted 12, sophomore John Kopriva scored 11 in just 16 minutes, and Garino added 10 to pace GW to the 26-point victory. Armwood, in his first action for GW after sitting out 2011-12 after transferring from Villanova, added seven points along with his 16 boards. Armwood's 16-rebound total in the exhibition would have been the best output for a Colonials' player since Mike Hall's 17-rebound effort against La Salle in Jan. 2005.
The meeting will be the first between the Colonials and Penguins, who posted a 16-15 overall record and 10-8 mark in the Horizon League in 2011-12. YSU was picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League this season, its highest preseason projection since joining the conference in 2001-02.
Led by longtime head coach Jerry Slocum, Youngstown State returns three starters and its top three scorers - Preseason First Team All-Horizon League guard Kendrick Perry, who led the Horizon League in scoring (16.8 ppg) and steals (2.4 spg) last season, guard Blake Allen (12.8 ppg), and preseason second-team pick forward Damian Eargle (11.1 ppg).