GW Men's Hoops to Meet Hofstra for First Time in 30 Years on Saturday
GW (1-2) vs. Hofstra (3-3) | Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 | Charles E. Smith Center | 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 23, 2012
WHO: GW Men's Basketball
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's basketball team rounds out a three-game week by hosting Hofstra at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. The contest against the Pride will feature an extended pregame radio show and an interview with GW Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero on 1500/820 AM and FederalNewsRadio.com beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The meeting is just the second-ever between the Colonials and Pride and comes exactly 30 seasons after the programs' initial meeting in 1982-83 when the then Hofstra Flying Dutchmen defeated the Colonials, 82-67, in the Juice Bowl Tournament in Lakeland, Fla.
Two of GW's next three contests will come against foes from the Colonial Athletic Association as the Colonials travel to Harrisonburg, Va., for a return game at James Madison this Wednesday. GW carries an 82-42 all-time record against current CAA teams into Saturday's tilt with Hofstra, a mark dominated by a 38-25 series mark against William & Mary. The Pride is the only CAA program that the Colonials have a losing record against: 7-4 vs. Delaware; 10-2 vs. George Mason; 0-1 vs. Hofstra; 6-2 vs. JMU; 2-1 vs. UNCW; 2-1 vs. Northeastern; 8-5 vs. Old Dominion; 9-1 vs. Towson; 38-25 vs. W&M.
In its first of four contests this season against opponents from BCS conferences, GW dropped a 65-48 decision at Notre Dame of the Big East on Wednesday night. The Colonials had a hard time inside and in transition in its first-ever meeting against the Fighting Irish as they were outscored 40-28 in the paint, 18-2 on points off turnovers and 10-2 in fast-break points, and shot just 32.8 percent. Senior Isaiah Armwood reached double figures for the second time in his first three games as a Colonial with 12 points, while freshman Joe McDonald totaled six points and team-highs of six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
GW rebounded from a season-opening loss to Youngstown State on Nov. 10 with a 72-59 victory at Boston University last Saturday. The Colonials led the Terriers by double figures throughout most of the final 26 minutes thanks largely to standout performances from freshman Joe McDonald and senior Isaiah Armwood. McDonald led all players with 21 points and added seven rebounds, while Armwood provided six points and game-highs of 12 rebounds and eight blocks.
Hofstra (3-3) had a three-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night with a 67-56 loss at Manhattan, a team which GW will face in the 18th annual BB&T Classic at Verizon Center on Sunday, Dec. 2.
The loss to the Jaspers dropped the Pride to 0-3 on the road this season after season-opening losses at Monmouth (91-62) and Purdue (83-54). Hofstra posted a three-game win streak with home victories over South Dakota State (66-63), the University of the District of Columbia (74-59) and Marshall (103-100 2OT) to round out its participation in the 2kSports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project.
Second-year head coach Mo Cassara has four players averaging in double digits with Taran Buie leading the way at 14.3 points in four games so far this season. Buie scored a team-best 22 points in 29 minutes in Wednesday's loss at Manhattan. Jimmy Hall is providing nearly a double-double with 12.7 points on 53 percent shooting and 9.7 rebounds, Shaquille Stokes is averaging 11.3 points on a team-high 12 shots per game, and Stevie Mejia is adding 11.2 points per game.
Cassara is in his second stint as a head coach after going 22-30 in two seasons at Division III Clark University from 2004-06.
Hofstra went 10-22 overall and 3-15 in the Colonial Athletic Association during its second year under Cassara in 2011-12. Cassara led the Pride to 21 victories, a second-place finish in the CAA and an appearance in the postseason College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in his debut season in 2010-11.
The Colonials return to action on Monday at the Charles E. Smith Center versus Mount St. Mary's at 7:00 p.m. Monday's contest against the Mount is Community Service Night presented by Catholic Charities and will feature a winter clothing drive to support Joseph's Coats of Many Colors, which benefits Joseph's Closet at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Southeast DC.