Men's Basketball Hosts Howard on Saturday
Colonials and Bison set for 4 p.m. tip from the Smith Center
|George Washington (6-4) vs. Howard (1-6)|
|Date, Time||Saturday, December 10 | 4:00 p.m. ET|
|Location||Charles E. Smith Center | Washington, DC|
|Coverage||RaiseHigh Live | AM 1050, TuneIn|
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TIPPING OFF: The GW men's basketball team opens a mini two-game homestand as it plays host to Howard on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center. Following Saturday's game, the Colonials welcome in UCF on Thursday, Dec. 15, before closing non-conference play a week later at Miami.
LAST TIME OUT: Tyler Cavanaugh broke a 63-63 tie with a three-pointer with 8.2 seconds left to lift GW to a 66-63 win at Temple on Wednesday. Cavanaugh finished with a game-high 20 points, including 12 of GW's last 14, as the Colonials shot a season-best .472 from the field. Jordan Roland added a career-high 14 while Arnaldo Toro added a season-high 12 and Collin Smith had 11. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak at the hands of the Owls.
ABOUT HOWARD: The Bison are 1-6 following a 79-56 loss at Maryland on Wednesday. Their lone win came over American, 71-54, last Saturday. Redshirt junior guard James Miller (16.1 ppg) leads three players scoring in double figures, along with senior forward Solomon Mangham (13.3 ppg) and senior guard/forward Damon Collins (10.6 ppg).
SERIES HISTORY: GW has won four in a row against Howard and holds a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series which dates back to 1982. The Colonials won that initial meeting, 63-53, at home and have won four of six games by more than 30 points. GW's one loss came in 1986 when the Colonials fell to the Bison 90-85 in overtime, while the most recent meeting was an 85-50 GW win on Jan. 2, 2011, at Howard.
COMING THROUGH IN CRUNCH TIME: GW is 5-0 in games decided by five points or less, and has won two with a bucket in the final 10 seconds. In addition to Cavanaugh's game-winner with 8.2 seconds left at Temple, Collin Smith erased a two-point deficit with a three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left that gave the Colonials a 68-67 win over USF on Dec. 3.
HELPING HAND: GW recorded a season-high 18 assists in Wednesday's win over Temple. Seven Colonials contributed at least one helper, led by point guard Jaren Sina who had a season-high six. Cavanaugh added four while Collin Smith, Jair Bolden and Matt Hart had two apiece. GW's previous best was 16 assists, set in the season opener vs. UMES.
NEARLY DOUBLING UP: Toro has just missed out on his first career double-double in three of the last four games. Against Harvard he was just one field goal short, finishing with eight points and 10 rebounds. The Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, native had eight points and nine rebounds against USF, and vs. Temple had 12 points and nine boards. Toro ranks second on the team in rebounding (6.8 pg) and first in rebounds per 40 minutes (13.4).
NOTABLE: Cavanaugh continues to pace the team in scoring (17.3 pg), rebounding (7.2 pg) and is tied with Sina in assists (26) ... second-leading scorer Yuta Watanabe has missed the last five games due to a calf injury ... Patrick Steeves missed the last three due to a knee injury ... three Colonials are connecting at better than 80 percent from the FT line: Sina (.926), Hart (.875) and Cavanaugh (.836).
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