GW Men's Hoops Visits James Madison for National TV Game on Wednesday
Nov. 27, 2012
WHO: GW Men's Basketball
HARRISONBURG, Va. - George Washington men's basketball plays its third game in five days and fifth in 11 days when it visits James Madison on Wednesday night in a nationally televised game on the NBC Sports Network.
The GW/JMU matchup features the only NCAA Division I series between universities named after former Presidents of the United States - George Washington, our nation's first President from 1789-1797, and James Madison, the fourth POTUS from 1809-1817.
Wednesday's contest is the ninth all-time since 1975 and a rematch of a meeting in the district last December in which GW dropped a 62-57 decision to JMU at the Charles E. Smith Center. The Colonials nearly dug out of a 22-point second half deficit on the strength of a 21-3 run, but couldn't get any closer than 58-54 to see their four-game series win streak snapped and slide to 6-2 all-time against the Dukes.
GW succumbed to the `Mayhem' of Mount St. Mary's on Monday in a 65-56 loss to the visiting Mountaineers. The Colonials shot 51 percent from the floor, but failed to hit a three pointer (0-for-6) for the first time since Feb. 2008 - a span of 129 games - and committed 25 turnovers against the Mount's unrelenting full-court pressure and up-tempo pace. George Washington also surrendered runs of 10-1 over the final five minutes of the first half and 10-2 over the game's final 3:51 in the loss. Seniors Lasan Kromah (18 points, three steals) and Isaiah Armwood (15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals) and freshman Kevin Larsen (10 points, nine rebounds, four assists) led the Colonials.
Lasan Kromah has paced GW in scoring the past two games, averaging 16.5 points on 15-of-22 shooting (68.2 percent). Isaiah Armwood nearly averages a double-double with team-highs of 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, and has posted back-to-back double-doubles while averaging 13.5 points on 12-of-18 shooting (67 percent) and 10.5 boards in the Colonials' last two outings.
James Madison (1-4) plays its first home game of 2012-13 in its JMU Convocation Center on Wednesday after starting its season on the West Coast and the Rust Belt of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.
The Dukes opened the season with a 100-70 loss at then No. 13 UCLA on Nov. 15, before going 1-2 in three days of games in the Progressive Legends Classic in Pittsburgh. JMU dropped a 90-88 overtime decision at host Duquesne on Nov. 19, bounced back for a 69-68 victory over Youngstown State a day later, then dropped the event finale, 66-44, to North Dakota State. JMU most recently lost at Miami (Ohio), 76-58, on Saturday.
Newcomers Rayshawn Goins and Andre Nation are shouldering the scoring load for JMU through five games. Goins, a redshirt senior transfer from Cincinnati State, leads the Dukes with 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while rookie Nation adds 10.4 points in a reserve role.
One of JMU's top returners - forward Andrey Semenov - played just two minutes in the season-opener at UCLA before suffering an injury that has since kept him sidelined. In a radio interview earlier this week, head coach Matt Brady called Semenov "hopeful" to return on Wednesday against the Colonials.
Brady returns four starters and three of its top four scorers from last season's team that finished 12-20 overall and 5-13 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Leading scorer A.J. Davis (15.9 ppg), Semenov (10.2 ppg) and guard Devon Moore (8.8 ppg) headline the list of the Dukes' key returners.
GW is 83-42 all-time against current CAA teams after an 80-56 rout of Hofstra last Saturday. (7-4 vs. Delaware; 10-2 vs. George Mason; 1-1 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).
Following Wednesday's game, the Colonials return to action on Sunday against Manhattan College in the 18th annual BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center. Tip-off between the Colonials and Jaspers is slated for 12:15 pm, with the second game between Maryland and George Mason set for 20 minutes after GW/Manhattan. Both games will be televised on MASN and Fox Sports Regional, and the GW game will be broadcast on FederalNewsRadio.com, RaiseHigh.tv and 1500/820 AM.