GW Men's Hoops Looks to Ring in New Year With Win at K-State
arv/arv GW (11-1) at arv Kansas State (9-3) | Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 | Bramlage Coliseum | 3 p.m. ET | MASN2, FOX Sports regionals
Dec. 30, 2013
WHO: GW Men's Basketball (11-1)
MANHATTAN, Kan. - A pair of lengthy win streaks will be on the line in the Little Apple on New Year's Eve as GW men's basketball visits Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum at 3 p.m. ET. The game will be televised in the D.C. metro area on MASN2 and throughout much of the country on a number of regional FOX Sports affiliates.
**Along with television coverage in the two teams' regional markets on MASN2 and FOX Sports Midwest/Kansas City, the game will also be carried by these other FOX Sports Network affiliates: FOX Sports West, Root Sports Northwest, FOX Sports Arizona, Root Sports Rocky Mountain, FOX Sports Indiana Plus, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Wisconsin, FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports South and Sun Sports.
GW improved to 11-1 and won its sixth straight game with a 69-58 victory at Hofstra on Saturday, the same day K-State won its seventh consecutive game with a 72-41 victory over Tulane at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Colonials' six straight wins is their longest win streak since capturing eight straight in the program's last NCAA Tournament season in 2006-07.
Graduate student Maurice Creek scored 15 of his game-high tying 17 points in the second half to help ignite the Colonials' rally at Hofstra after they trailed 32-29 at halftime. Sophomores Kevin Larsen and Kethan Savage also reached double-figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively, while senior Isaiah Armwood totaled nine points and three blocks on his birthday.
That quartet leads the way in scoring for GW, with Creek averaging a team-high and A-10 seventh-best 16.3 points per game, while Savage adds 13.8 ppg, Armwood provides 11.9 ppg and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds, and Larsen chips in 10.3 ppg. The Colonials pace the A-10 in shooting at 47.7 percent from the field and 41.5 percent behind the arc, with Creek (47.1%) and senior Nemanja Mikic (45.7%) ranking second and third, respectively, in three-point proficiency.
Both the Colonials and Wildcats appear in the also receiving votes sections of the national Top 25 this week. GW received 37 points in the Associated Press poll, while KSU received three points. The Colonials also received 17 points in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
At 11-1, the Colonials have equaled the 1931-32 and 1947-48 teams for the fifth-best start in the program's 100 season history.
BEST ONE-LOSS STARTS IN GW MEN'S BASKETBALL PROGRAM HISTORY
Tuesday's meeting marks the fourth all-time between the Colonials and Wildcats dating back to 1940 and the third in as many seasons, with K-State dealing GW a 69-56 loss at Bramlage on Dec. 1, 2011 and a 65-62 defeat in the district last Dec. 8. Nemanja Mikic and John Kopriva are the only two GW holdovers from the 2011 meeting in the Little Apple, while K-State returns four (Thomas Gipson, Shane Southwell, Will Spradling, Nino Williams) from that contest.
The trip to Manhattan is a homecoming of sorts for sophomore guard Joe McDonald, who was born in Fort Riley, Kan., about 10 miles from the KSU campus, and will have several family and friends attending the game at Bramlage.
K-State has won seven straight games after beginning the season 2-3 with losses to Northern Colorado, Charlotte and Georgetown. Freshman guard Marcus Foster leads three Wildcats in double-digit scoring at 13.7 points per game, followed by Gipson's 11.4 points and team-best 5.7 rebounds per game and Southwell's 10.7 points per game.