Men's Basketball Hosts Princeton Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Tigers Make First-Ever Visit to Charles E. Smith Center
Nov. 23, 2009
Princeton (2-1) at George Washington (3-0)
GW COACH: Karl Hobbs (Connecticut `85)
PRINCETON COACH: Sydney Johnson (Princeton `97)
Tuesday's Game: Coming off its best all-around performance of the season in Saturday's home opener, GW (3-0) hosts Princeton (2-1) in the second of five straight home games and the first-ever meeting at Smith Center.
GW's victory over UMBC on Saturday gave the Colonials a 3-0 start to the season for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
Princeton is the first of two opponents GW will face from the Ivy League this season. (The Colonials will play at Harvard Dec. 30)
GW defeated Princeton, 60-57, in the most recent meeting eight years ago on Dec. 3, 2001 at the Verizon Center in the BB&T Classic.
Princeton is coming off a 56-52 loss to Army Saturday at home.
Princeton is picked to finish second in the eight-team Ivy League in the league's preseason media poll released Oct. 28.
Saturday's victory over UMBC extended GW's string of triumphant home-openers to 22 straight dating back to the 1989-90 season. The last time GW lost a home opener was on Nov. 26, 1988, to begin the infamous 1-27 season.
A Closer Look at Princeton: A member of the Ivy League, Princeton was predicted to finish second in the eight-team conference in the preseason media poll announced Oct. 28. The Tigers come to Smith Center with a 2-1 record that includes a road victory at Central Michigan (71-68) and a 61-54 triumph over Manhattan at home. Princeton is coming off its first loss of the season, 56-52, to Army Saturday at home. Junior G Dan Mavraides leads the Tigers with 14.3 points a game including a team-high eight three-pointers. Nick Lake and Ian Hummer each have 15 rebounds to pace the squad and Marcus Schroeder's seven assists equals Mavraides' seven to lead the team. Mavraides had a 14-point effort in the loss to Army. As a team, the 2009-10 Tigers are shooting 44 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range and a respectable 77 percent from the line. Princeton has a -3.3 turnover margin but is outrebounding its opponents by nearly four caroms a game through its first three contests.
Next Game: GW hosts Oregon State Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. at Smith Center. It marks the first-ever visit to Smith Center by a team from the Pacific-10 Conference. The game will be broadcast live on 1500 AM, 820 AM and at FederalNewsRadio.com as well as live video streamed via the Internet at www.GWsports.com.