GW Men's Hoops, Catholic Charities Welcomes The Mount on Monday
Nov. 25, 2012
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (2-2)
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball plays its second of a three-games-in-five-days stretch on Monday night when it hosts Mount St. Mary's at the Charles E. Smith Center. The contest is Community Service Night presented by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, 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 D.C.
Monday's meeting is the 10th all-time between GW and the Mount, and fourth in the past decade. The Colonials hold a 7-2 edge in the series and have won the last three meetings, all at the Smith Center and all by at least 14 points. GW opened the 2007-08 campaign with a 77-62 triumph over the Mount at home.
GW head coach Mike Lonergan brings a 2-0 mark against the Mount into Monday's contest, having posted a pair of narrow wins in 2009-10 and 2010-11 while coach at Vermont. Coach Lonergan led the Catamounts to a 71-69 victory in Emmitsburg, Md., in December 2009 and a 68-61 overtime win in Burlington in December 2010.
The Colonials carry a 24-13 all-time record against Northeast Conference opponents into Monday's game against the Mount: Central Conn. St. - 1-0; Fairleigh Dickinson - 1-0; LIU Brooklyn - 3-8; Monmouth - 4-0; Mount St. Mary's - 7-2; St. Francis (NY) - 3-1; Saint Francis (PA) - 5-1; Wagner - 0-1.
GW evened its record at 2-2 and rebounded from a mid-week loss at Notre Dame with a resounding 80-56 triumph over Hofstra at the Smith Center on Saturday. The Colonials shot nearly 62 percent and assisted 26 of its 34 field goals en route the most lopsided victory of the Mike Lonergan era at GW. GW made 34-of-55 shots to finish at 61.8 percent for the game, its best shooting performance since converting 63.8 percent at Duquesne in January 2009. The Colonials' 26 assists marked their most since posting 28 in a victory over UMES in December 2005. Senior guard Lasan Kromah equaled the game-high and reached double-digits for the first time this season with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, followed closely by freshman forward Kevin Larsen's first collegiate double-digit effort with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Senior forward Isaiah Armwood recorded his first double-double as a Colonial and second of his career with 12 points and a game-high 10 boards with five blocks. All 12 GW players who saw action entered the scoring column.
Mount St. Mary's (1-3) plays its third straight game in the District of Columbia following losses at American (62-57) on Nov. 15 and at Georgetown (72-50) this past Saturday. The Mount opened the season with an 80-48 loss at Pittsburgh before rebounding for its lone victory of the season - 70-63 over Hartford at home on Nov. 13.
MSM is in its first season under new head coach Jamion Christian, a 2004 Mount alumnus who is the fifth youngest NCAA Division I head coach in the country. Christian spent the previous season as an assistant coach at VCU, where he helped the Rams hold off the Colonials in the BB&T Classic in December en route to an appearance in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Christian has installed a system similar to the "Havoc" used by recent mentor Shaka Smart at VCU, a style Christian has termed "Mayhem." As with "Havoc," "Mayhem" is characterized by pressing, three-pointers and transition offense. To that end, the Mount forces 17.0 turnovers, shoots 24.3 three-pointers and has nine players who average better than 13.5 minutes per game. Conversely, opponents are shooting 60 percent (104-173) from the field, including 65 percent (89-136) inside the arc, and hold a commanding +11.2 rebounding margin (32.2-21.0) against the Mountaineers' up-tempo style.
Rashad Whack, a transfer from George Mason, leads the Mount in scoring at 13.0 points per game, followed by top returner Julian Norfleet's 9.3 points per game.
GW completes its stretch of three games in five days at James Madison on Wednesday evening in a contest that will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network. The Colonials will look to rebound from a 62-57 loss to the Dukes at the Smith Center last December 22.