GW Men's Hoops Back in Action Saturday at Hofstra
arv/arv GW (10-1) at Hofstra (3-7) | Mack Sports Complex | Sat., Dec. 28, 2013 | 4 p.m.
Dec. 26, 2013
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (10-1)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - GW men's basketball heads up I-95 to the New York City metro area for the second time this season to face Hofstra at the Mack Sports Complex on Saturday at 4 p.m.
It marks the team's second of four trips to the Big Apple this season, as a large GW alumni and fan contingent saw the Colonials come back to defeat Manhattan, 80-74, on Nov. 16. Another big Buff and Blue crowd is expected against the Pride on Saturday as GW Alumni is hosting a pre-game reception on the Hofstra campus beginning at 2 p.m.
Saturday's contest is just GW's second in the last 16 days, but begins a stretch of three games in seven days to conclude its non-conference schedule. The Colonials will return to the district after Saturday's game, then leave for Manhattan, Kan., on Sunday ahead of a New Year's Eve clash at Kansas State, before returning on Wednesday to prepare for Friday night's non-conference finale against Georgia at the Charles E. Smith Center.
GW posted its second five-game win streak of the season to date with a 74-61 victory over UMBC at the Charles E. Smith Center last Saturday. Graduate student Maurice Creek scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half, and sophomores Kethan Savage (15 points) and Kevin Larsen (14 points) also hit double-figures to help the Colonials improve to 10-1.
That victory helped the Colonials make a significant jump in points in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls earlier this week. GW went from five to 43 points in the AP poll, and from five to 20 points in the Coaches poll as it seeks to break into the national Top 25 for the first time since the conclusion of the 2005-06 campaign (No. 14 AP, No. 19 Coaches).
GW's 10-1 start keeps pace with the 2005-06 season during which the Colonials won 26 of their opening 27 games. It also matches the 1992-93 season as the seventh-best start in the program's 100-season history, as well as equaling the second-best start for the program in the last 60 years.
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GW will be seeking its sixth straight victory, which would mark its longest streak since winning eight consecutive games to close the 2006-07 regular season and capture the A-10 Championship en route to the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
The Colonials and Pride will meet for the second time in as many seasons after GW rolled to an 80-56 triumph at the Smith Center last November, the first meeting between the programs since 1982. GW shot a scorching 62 percent and assisted 26-of-34 field goals, and Isaiah Armwood recorded his first double-double for the Buff and Blue with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go along with five blocks.
Hofstra (3-7) will be playing just its third game in the last 25 days on Saturday, and first since a 67-59 loss at Siena on Dec. 23. Two of the Pride's three wins this season have come at its Mack Sports Complex, with an 80-58 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 10 and 72-67 win over Central Connecticut on Dec. 15. First-year head coach Joe Mihalich, formerly of Niagara, has just eight scholarship players this season, seven of whom are averaging at least 21.6 minutes. Zeke Upshaw, a graduate transfer from Illinois State, leads the team at 18.6 points per game, followed by Monmouth graduate transfer Dion Nesmith's 13.1 points and freshman Jamall Robinson's 10.0 points.