No. 13/13 GW Goes To Temple, McKeown Returns To Hometown
No. 13/13 GW (14-3, 2-0 A-10) at Temple (8-10, 1-1 A-10)
Jan. 18, 2008
PHILADELPHIA, PA - No. 13/13 George Washington visits Temple Saturday in search of its 10th consecutive victory overall, 19th straight A-10 regular season win and 12th straight league road win. GW's nine-game winning streak is tied for the fifth longest in the nation.
GW head coach Joe McKeown is 46-15 all-time in his hometown of Philadelphia in 18-plus seasons at GW, including a 9-3 mark against the Owls and 13-7 record in A-10 Championship play at various venues throughout the city.
The Colonials held off the Owls, 56-53, in both teams' A-10 regular season finale last February to capture their sixth consecutive league title with a perfect 14-0 record. GW became the fifth team in league history to post an undefeated conference mark and is the only program to accomplish the feat twice.
Senior All-America candidate Kimberly Beck scored a career-high 25 points, including 23 in the second half, to help GW overcome its worst first half of the season and a late deficit to defeat Rhode Island, 48-45, in its first A-10 road game of the season on Jan. 16. Beck hit GW's first seven field goals of the second half, scored 19 of GW's first 20 points in the period and connected on the go-ahead floater with 1:24 to play as the Colonials won their 13th straight over the Rams.
Temple evened its Atlantic 10 record at 1-1 with a 73-62 victory against St. Bonaventure at the Liacouras Center on Tuesday. LaKeisha Eaddy and Lindsay Kimmel each scored 13 points to lead the Owls, followed by 12 points from Shenita Landry. The Owls opened league play on the road, falling to red-hot Dayton 62-50 last Saturday. Temple posted a 7-9 out-of-conference record, but played a Top 20 strength of schedule according to collegerpi.com. The Owls faced six Top 25 squads in their non-conference slate, including a 26-point loss at Rutgers on Dec. 30.
Ashley Morris is the lone Temple player to average double figures with 14.1 points per game. She is followed by senior Lady Comfort, who averages 8.5 points and a team-high 8.1 boards per game. GW?has won 26 of the last 30 meetings in the all-time series, but the teams have split the last six contests.