GW Men's Hoops, Coach Lonergan Renew Rivalry with Boston University
Nov. 14, 2012
WHO: GW Men's Basketball
After a year hiatus, George Washington men's basketball and Boston University will meet for the seventh time in the past eight seasons when the Colonials visit Case Gym on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. GW and BU met each season from 2005-06 through 2010-11, with the Colonials winning five of those six meetings to take a commanding 17-2 edge in the all-time series that began in 1958.
Saturday's game will be televised by NESN and broadcast back in the D.C. Metro area on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus (CSN+), the first of at least 17 televised games for the Colonials this season.
Saturday's visit to BU marks the GW program's third visit to the Boston metro area in the past four seasons, having played at Harvard last January and at BU in Nov. 2009. The Colonials will return to New England this January with games at Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Not only is GW familiar with BU in terms of recent head-to-head battles, but so is Colonials second-year head coach Mike Lonergan, who faced the Terriers 14 times in the America East during his tenure at Vermont from 2005-11. Lonergan and the Catamounts won nine of those 14 meetings, including an 83-70 victory in the 2010 AE Championship title game.
A very new GW team made its 2012-13 debut at home in the Charles E. Smith Center last Saturday, an 80-73 loss to visiting Youngstown State. YSU went on to a 68-56 victory at Georgia - a team GW visits on Jan. 4 - just two days later, in a game in which the Penguins never trailed and led by as many as 18 points.
Five Colonials made their debut in the Buff and Blue against the Penguins, with senior newcomer Isaiah Armwood leading the way with a career-high 18 points and freshman Patricio Garino adding 13 points and team-best seven rebounds. Armwood opened his GW career with an alley-oop dunk just four seconds after the opening tip, then tied the game at 71-71 with another slam with 58 seconds to play. Garino's 13 points in his collegiate debut were the most for a GW rookie in his first game since Tamal Forchion netted 14 against Marshall in Nov. 2001.
Boston University is off to an 0-2 start to the 2012-13 season after losses at Northeastern (65-64) and at Canisius (83-75). The Terriers are picked to finish third in the America East this season following a 16-16 overall record and 12-4 mark in AE play in 2011-12.
The Huskies and Golden Griffs were both efficient offensively in their victories over the Terriers, combining to shoot nearly 50 percent (49.5%, 51-103) from the field, including 55 percent (39-71) inside the three-point arc. BU has also committed 18 more personal fouls than its foes over the first two games, leading to more than a 2-to-1 advantage in free throw attempts (55-to-23 FTA).
Leading returning scorer and junior guard D.J. Irving has taken over the Terriers' scoring load with 19.0 points on 16-of-32 shooting in the first two games. Irving was a second team All-America East selection last season after leading the conference in assists (5.4 apg) and averaging 11.4 points.
Irving is amongst three returning starters for the Terriers in 2012-13 along with junior forwards Dom Morris and Travis Robinson, although freshman guard John Papale (11.5 ppg, 7-14 3FG) and sophomore combo Malik Thomas (8.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg) have provided an early spark off the bench for BU in its opening two games.
The 2012-13 campaign will mark Boston University's last in the America East as the Terriers announced their move to the Patriot League for the 2013-14 season this past June.
Following Saturday's game at BU, GW will prepare for a stretch of eight games in 20 days which begins at Notre Dame the day before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The meeting will be the first between the Colonials and Fighting Irish, as well as the first between longtime coaching colleagues Mike Lonergan and GW alumnus Mike Brey (`82), a guard for the Colonials during the 1981-82 season.