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This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Daniel Wright.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio- Just 17 seconds into the second half of the Colonials’ Progressive CBE Classic subregional matchup against Bowling Green, graduate student forward Jabari Edwards kicked out a low-post pass to wide open junior guard Lasan Kromah behind the three point line. Kromah pulled up for the three, draining the shot and giving the Colonials a 38-34 lead over the Falcons.

Senior guard Tony Taylor drives down the court against Bowling Green Wednesday night. Daniel Wright | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The play was almost identical to the shot sophomore forward Nemanja Mikic made the night before against Austin Peay, when Edwards drew a double team and sent out a pass to Mikic on the perimeter just 18 seconds into the half.

But unlike Tuesday night, GW didn’t allow BGSU a chance to come back from their score. Kromah went on to hit three more three pointers in just over four minutes, pushing the Colonials to a 16-2 run that crushed the Falcons’ chances of a second half comeback. After a night shooting just one for six from the field, Kromah finished with 21 points Wednesday, 17 of them coming in the second half.

“Just seeing the ball go through the basket gave me a little confidence,” Kromah said. “I was open and I was feeling it, so I kept shooting. After that shot, everybody had momentum and energy, and everybody was on. It felt good to play like that.”

GW (4-1) went on to outscore host Bowling Green by 20 points in the second half, finishing with a 77-56 victory, sweeping their three games in as many days in Ohio.

After what head coach Mike Lonergan dubbed “an ugly first half,” where GW turned the ball over eight times for the third consecutive half, the Colonials tightened up defensively in the second, holding Bowling Green to just 30 percent shooting from the field. For their own part, the Colonials shot a blistering 65.4 percent in the second half, ending the night 30 for 49 from the floor. Their offensive push was lead by Kromah, who finished 8 of 12 from the field. The difference between Tuesday night’s performance and his commanding presence Wednesday was due to patience, Lonergan said.

“[Kromah’s] a good shooter when he’s open, but sometimes he gets frustrated,” Lonergan said. “He doesn’t let the game come to him and he seeks out shots, and usually those are contested shots that are really difficult to make. When he’s open he has a green light.”

The Colonials dramatically improved their shooting presence during the game. GW was fearsome from beyond the arc, going 11 for 17 from deep. It was the team’s best perimeter performance since Feb. 19, 2009, when the Colonials went 10 for 12 against St. Bonaventure.

“We’re statistically one of the tops in the country in three point field goal percentage,” Lonergan said. “I’m very proud of that because I don’t think we’re a very good shooting team, but what we’re trying to do is to get the guys to be very selective.”

Mikic added three treys of his own to finish with nine points, tied with Edwards, whose nine was a new career high. Senior guard Tony Taylor had a season-low six points on two for five shooting from the field, concentrating more on running the team from the point as he dished nine assists on the night.

Taylor was named MVP of the subregional tournament, but was quick to shrug off the accomplishment and hand the spotlight back to his team.

“I think it’s pretty cool, but more importantly I’m glad we got three wins,” Taylor said. “[It’s] a big confidence boost. We had three tough games in three days. Everybody just played hard day-in and day-out, and we got a little bit better each day.”

Senior forward Aaron Ware earned his third consecutive game in double figures, going a perfect six-for-six from the floor and posting 14 points off of the bench. Ware, who did not start in any of three games, was named to the subregional All-Tournament team.

The accolade is a clear sign of Ware’s importance off the bench, providing crucial depth for the Colonials. And stepping into a role as the sixth man for the Colonials is something that Ware has come to embrace.

“You’re a gamer, so you want to play whether you’re starting or coming off the bench,” Ware said. “ I know a lot of times others teams will collapse on Kromah and Taylor and I just wanted to be aggressive whenever I got my opportunity to score.”

While Lonergan was pleased with the way GW shot the ball, the head coach was more buoyed by his team’s improvement in rebounding. The Colonials owned a 31-24 advantage on the boards over the Falcons, despite a first half where Edwards and junior forward David Pellom failed to grab a single rebound.

Lonergan pointed to Kromah’s performance off the glass as particularly telling. The guard grabbed a team-high eight boards, a sign of the heads-up, post-first style of play Lonergan desires.

“I’m really happy with [Kromah] because he’s been rebounding the ball,” Lonergan said. “He was our leading rebounder coming into tonight, and on a night when [Edwards] and Pellom didn’t get a rebound in the first half, it’s nice that our guards got in there and tried to help on the boards.”

With the three victories in hand, GW next travels to Manhattan, Kan. Dec. 1st to face off against Kansas State. Lonergan cited the consecutive three wins as a big boost to the team’s confidence going forward.

“I think it really helps us,” Lonergan said. “Our schedule is going to get a lot tougher. It’s a long year and we need to keep getting better. When we rebound, we can run and get easy shots. When we execute, we’re a very unselfish team.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Senior forward Aaron Ware aims a jumper over his Austin Peay defender Tuesday night. Daniel Wright | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Daniel Wright.

Bowling Green, Ohio – With just 12 seconds to play in the second half of the Colonials’ matchup against Austin Peay, the Governors sprinted down the court trailing by two, looking for a chance at what appeared to be an easy layup.

But sprinting right behind was senior guard Tony Taylor.

Taylor cut off Austin Peay’s run, stealing the ball on the baseline, keeping his balance to stay inbounds and draw a foul. Although Taylor didn’t convert his free throw in the bonus, giving APSU another chance to tie it up before they ultimately missing a contested layup, the steal almost certainly kept the game from going into overtime.

“I was just thinking I need to stop the ball or create a turnover or get a charge or something,” Taylor said. “I saw the ball out, he held the ball out a little too loose. I felt that I could get it, and I got it.”

Taylor and the Colonials had an off night shooting the basketball, the team finishing at just 39.6 percent from the field, but GW (3-1) managed to escape the third round of the Progressive CBE Classic with a 54-52 win in Bowling Green, Ohio.

The victory, head coach Mike Lonergan said, was due to his team’s defensive presence- particularly Taylor’s direction from the point.

“He’s one of the best transition defenders,” Lonergan said. “We do fast break drills everyday and it’s incredible how he can stop guys in three-on-two and two-on-one situations. He’s got great hands and he does a great job stunting the guy with the ball and making them make bad decisions.”

Returning to the court after yesterday’s victory over Detroit where GW shot 53 percent in the first half, the Colonials struggled to make baskets early against Austin Peay, held to just 28.6 percent from the floor in the first half.

Stymied by a tough Austin Peay zone, Taylor, senior forward Aaron Ware and junior guard Bryan Bynes shot a collective 4 for 20 from the field in the first half. It was a marked change from the night before, when both Taylor and Ware hit double-digit points, pushing Taylor to his 1,000th career point as a Colonial.

GW also struggled with ball control, turning it over 16 times, compared to Austin Peay’s 10.

“They were a much better defensive team than we faced last night,” Lonergan said.” We didn’t really execute our offense and we missed some easy shots, but I thought they played tough. We had a lot of turnovers and a lot of silly mistakes.”

On the other side of the ball, Austin Peay shot just as poorly as the Colonials, going just nine for 31 from the field in the first half. GW benefited from a size advantage in the paint, limiting Austin Peay to four points in the paint in the first half as the Governors took repeated contested jump shots early in the shot clock. GW looked to establish its inside game offensively, but managed just six points in the paint in the first. With poor shooting from both sides, Austin Peay took a 24-23 lead into the half, neither team was able to find a consistent rhythm offensively.

But from the first possession of the second half, the Colonials succeeded in establishing outside-in game, with graduate student forward Jabari Edwards drawing a double-team and kicking the ball out to sophomore forward Nemanja Mikic for an open three-pointer to put GW ahead 26-24. The Colonials would not trail for the rest of the game.

“That was our mindset for the first half, but Austin Peay did a great job of taking that away,” Taylor said. “We had to work outside-in instead of inside-out. When we started driving the ball and getting a lot of fast breaks, it opened it up for our big guys.”

Junior forward David Pellom attempts to connect but falls just shy of the net Tuesday night. Daniel Wright | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Colonials went on to shoot 52 percent in the second half, with Ware finishing as GW’s top scorer with 12 points. Taylor finished just behind with 11 points, his first game scoring below 20 points on the season. Junior guard Lasan Kromah, who had a season-high 17 points against Detroit, posted just three Tuesday. Mikic added nine, and Edwards equaled his career-high of eight points, the third time he’s reached that benchmark this season.

While GW managed 20 points in the paint in the second half, the offense stalled over the last four minutes and 46 seconds, as GW did not add a single point to their tally. Back-to-back offensive fouls on the low post and a turnover allowed Austin Peay to close the gap to 54-52, when Taylor halted their comeback with his steal.

“I thought we were fine down one at the half and not playing well,” Lonergan said. “In the second half, it seemed like we had the lead at six, and three possessions in a row with a six point lead we turned the ball over. That kept them in the game.”

GW will wrap up play tomorrow in the Progressive CBE Classic with a game against host Bowling Green at 7:30 p.m., looking to complete a three-game sweep.

“Coming out here and winning three games would be great for our team,” Edwards said. “It would be huge, every win is very important. Everybody’s working hard and we’ve had a great week in practice.”

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This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Daniel Wright.

Junior forward David Pellom moves past a Titan defender to make his shot. Daniel Wright | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bowling Green, Ohio – The Colonials were determined to present a different front against Detroit.

After a 27-point loss to California, where the team shot just 37.9 percent from the floor, GW looked to shake the defeat in the second round of the Progressive CBE Classic.

The new focus was evident as soon as they stepped on the court. While the Colonials struggled a week ago to find a consistent offensive rhythm, they got out to a fast start against Detroit. After giving up the first basket of the game to the Titans, GW (2-1) went on a 9-2 run over the first three and a half minutes of play, and did not lose the lead for the rest of the night, earning a 86-73 victory.

The Colonials earned vital early production from freshman forward John Kopriva, who added four points and an assist in the run, before being pulled from the court with two fouls. Senior guard Tony Taylor, who posted back-to-back 20 point performances in the first two games of the season, continued his impressive play in the first half, adding eight points and six assists. Taylor’s total 22 points on the game earned him a berth in the 1,000-point club, just the 43rd player in program history to grab the honor.

Shaking off previous shooting troubles, junior guard Lasan Kromah had his best outing of the season, connecting on two threes in the first half and posting 14 points, pushing the Colonials into a 45-28 lead into the half. It was a new effort from the guard, returning to the court this season after missing last year due to injury, that head coach Mike Lonergan said came from revamped focus in practice.

“I thought [Kromah] practiced well this week, where he has not been practicing that well this season,” Lonergan said. “I’m a big believer that how you practice is how you play. He got after it this week in practice and hopefully he’s pleased with the results.”

On the other side of the ball, the Colonials played tight defense against a hot-shooting Detroit team, who entered the game fresh off of a victory over Concordia where they posted 113 points.

Switching to a 2-3 zone for much of the first due to early foul trouble, the Colonials limited the Titans to just 28 points on 32 percent shooting from the field in the first. Graduate student forward Jabari Edwards stepped up on the low post defensively for the Colonials, tying career-highs with eight points and six blocks and grabbing five rebounds in 33 minutes of play. It was a clear measure of the post-up play that Lonergan’s emphasized this season.

“We tried to contain the ball and pressure their shooters,” Taylor said. “[Edwards] did a great job of holding down the fort, anytime anybody got by us he was there to alter their shot. We did a good collective job together.”

The Colonials continued their dominance over the first part of the second half, leading by as much as 26 with 10 minutes left to play. Taylor added 14 points in the second half, finishing 7-8 from the field and pushing him to 20-plus points for his third consecutive match. With 5:24 to play in the second half, Taylor cut through the paint and put down a reverse lay up to score his 1000th career point at GW.

“It’s important that I got it on a win,” Taylor said of the milestone. “It means a lot to me that I can score the basketball and I’m just happy I did it on a win.”

GW held the Titans to 39.7 percent shooting on the night, supplementing a strong defensive front with an equally potent backcourt- joining Taylor and Kromah in success at the net was senior forward Aaron Ware, who finished with 13 points. But Detroit’s strong full-court press disrupted the Colonials’ offensive presence towards the end of the second.

Senior Aaron Ware tips the ball into the basket Monday evening during the first of three games for the Progressive CBE Classic against the University of Detroit Mercy Titans. Daniel Wright | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Titans made a run over the last eight minutes of the game, narrowing the deficit to just six points with 3:31 to go. Two late baskets by sophomore forward Nemanja Mikic put the game out of reach and the Colonials held on for the victory, shooting a season-best 55.2 percent from the field.

“We were up at halftime 17 points and got the lead really up there, and in the second half we lost our composure,” Lonergan said. “They did a good job with the press and I think we were tired. We missed easy shots, we missed layups and free throws and kind of let them back in the game.”

Junior forward Dwayne Smith made his season debut after being sidelined with injury, playing seven minutes and grabbing a board and two steals. Though Smith’s presence on the statistics sheet wasn’t remarkable, Lonergan said the forward’s return to the court was a clear difference-maker for the team, giving the Colonials more depth off the bench and freedom to spread points across the roster.

“I think what really helped our team was to have a week to practice,” Lonergan said. “[Smith] practiced with us and that helped us in practice. He’s not quite ready yet, but having another quality player helped us, as well as having the guys get another week to learn our system. Tony and the players did a great job executing plays in the first half, and that gave [Kromah] and [Mikic] open shots.”

GW continues play in the CBE Classic tomorrow, facing Austin Peay at 5 p.m.

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Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 12:52 a.m.

Colonials fall to No. 24 Cal

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Senior forward Aaron Ware drives against three Cal defenders Sunday night. Elizabeth Traynor | Hatchet Staff Photographer

BERKELEY, Calif. – Senior guard Tony Taylor pulled up as the shot clock was running out. Arching back, he released a last-ditch shot effort from the three-point line – and watched it sink through the net as the buzzer sounded.

His trey gave the Colonials a 19-18 lead over No. 24 California with 6:23 left in the first half of the first game of the Progressive CBE Classic. But then it all slipped away.

The Golden Bears exploded on a 21-0 scoring run, closing the half without allowing GW (1-1) to add an additional point to the board before the break. It was a run that exposed a shaky Colonials frontcourt, with Cal posting a 20-10 advantage in boards, and it was a run that disrupted GW’s confidence, finishing the night by dropping its first road game of the season 81-54.

The decline showed on the faces of GW’s players throughout the rest of the game. Desperation and frustration became evident on the court as a strong Golden Bears’ defense forced the Colonials to rush their shots, struggling to get them off before the clock ran out, limited on looks. Both Lonergan and Taylor agreed that it wasn’t a confidence issue, but that it was GW’s inability to halt its own sloppy play that was to blame.

“At halftime, I told them we really contributed more to that run than Cal did, with our poor shot selection, and then, for whatever reason, we stopped playing defense as a team. I think, as a team, we have to have more mental toughness,” Lonergan said. “We’re not used to playing enough good teams. A top 25 team, obviously we weren’t ready for that. We have to keep getting better, and we have to figure out who the five guys are that are going to play hard and give us the best chance to win more.”

GW posted just a 37.9 percentage from the floor Sunday night, bested by Cal’s 56.0 shooting percentage. There were times when errant Colonials passes sailed out of bounds, an indication of their unsure grasp of new plays. And though sophomore forward Nemanja Mikic rediscovered his sweet stroke towards the end of the night, making three treys on the second half, the Colonials again struggled to find a hot hand at the net. Mikic was second in points, with 12, and Taylor again paced GW’s offense, adding 20 points for the second game in a row.

Two of the Colonials’ starters – graduate student forward Jabari Edwards and junior guard Lasan Kromah – didn’t post a single point on the night. The shooting struggles that plagued GW for a second game in a row have a simple source, Lonergan said. It’s a sign of the team trying for selfish play, looking to get a shot off by themselves, without the help of their teammates.

“Guys started to go one-on-one, and we only have one one-on-one player, and that’s Tony. The other guys really have to rely on the offense, and we can’t create any easy points in transition if we don’t rebound,” Lonergan said. “If it was confidence, I don’t think we’d have so many guys taking shots. I think we have some guys that are maybe too confident in their offensive abilities, and if it’s one-on-one, it’s not really going to get done. They have to play a team game.”

The Colonials struggled defensively as well. They were unable to limit Cal’s shots on the night, with the Golden Bears posting shooting percentages at about 50 for both halves. GW was bested in every category, committing 15 turnovers to the 12 it forced and edged slightly in steals, Cal owning a 5-4 advantage. The Golden Bears refocused after being momentarily thrown off their game by GW’s physical approach, halting themselves from the sloppy, distracted play they showed at the beginning of the first half, when they posted 10 of their 15 turnovers.

The true evidence of the Bears’ dominance was under the net. Cal out-rebounded the Colonials 38-22 on the game, besting GW on the boards in both halves. The Colonials were only able to get one block, from freshman forward John Kopriva, and the Bears posted three, physically dominating the low post. Edwards, looked to as the GW big man this season, added just three rebounds and a steal on the night. Lonergan will be seeking to answer the hole at the post, the head coach said, speaking about moving Mikic to a post position as a possible maneuver.

Lonergan again spoke of needing the production of the team to step up. If a player is struggling to find the net, Lonergan said, he should strive to improve his defense at the other end, and not let shooting issues cloud his entire game.

“It’s definitely frustrating, especially that 21-0 run. When you’re struggling to score and the other team’s just scoring and making tough shots, it definitely gets frustrating. We just needed to pick it up and chip away a lot better,” Taylor said. “We have to go back to the drawing board. We have to focus on rebounding, we have to get back to our principles and Coach is going to do a great job on that this week in practice.”

After a red-eye flight back to Foggy Bottom, the team has a break, its next contest coming in the next three games of the CBE Classic. GW heads to Bowling Green, Ohio, to take on Detriot, Austin Peay and Bowling Green Nov. 21 to 23.

As Lonergan prepared to join his team on the bus, he echoed his point guard’s words: It’s time to get back to work. He’s going to be examining their plays and players – speaking of potentially moving senior forward Aaron Ware to a starting position after a solid effort on the night that saw seven points, three rebounds and two assists.

“We’re definitely a work in progress, and I like our team, but we’ve got to continue getting better,” Lonergan said. “I’m telling those guys that we’ve got to have a good week of practice, and some guys are fighting for starting positions.”

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Senior guard Tony Taylor, last season's top-scorer for the Colonials, was named by ESPN.com as a crucial player to help GW back to the top of the A-10 conference. | File Photo

ESPN.com released its analysis of the non-conference schedules of the Atlantic 10 today, ranking GW’s lineup an 8 on a scale of 1-10 of the “toughness” of its opponents.

The match-ups against California, Kansas State, VCU and Syracuse were deemed the most challenging non-conference opponents GW will face. The next-toughest were Detroit and Austin Peay in the CBE Classic and UAB.

The Colonials tied with Temple and were bested only by Xavier, both NCAA tournament teams last season, for the toughness of the team’s schedule.

The rankings’ analysis said the Colonials “have the players to vie for their first NCAA tournament bid since 2007,” and pointed to the non-conference schedule as one that could help GW’s RPI rating as it looks to return to the tournament. It also pointed to last season’s top-scorer for the Colonials, senior guard Tony Taylor, as a key player in the roster.

ESPN also published a profile of head coach Mike Lonergan today, discussing his decision to travel from Vermont to take the reins of the GW program. Lonergan calls coaching the Colonials his “dream job,” pointing out his familiarity with the area and its recruiting as major reasons for his decision to return to the District. He also talks about pushing the Colonials back to the top of the A-10, looking to “regain respect locally.” Lonergan calls his new post at GW his “last job.”

“When I leave, I want to leave the next guy with a great program,” Lonergan told ESPN. “I think I’ll end up being an AD at a D-3 or something and let my wife get back into coaching.”

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The men’s basketball program released a challenging 2011-2012 schedule today, highlighted by 15 opponents that advanced to postseason play last March. The schedule is a sign of new head coach Mike Lonergan’s efforts to challenge his program, a challenging slate of opponents designed to strengthen the team and improve its chances of success within the Atlantic 10.

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Rhode Island will be the first A-10 opponent to travel to the Smith Center in the upcoming season. Last year, GW posted a 66-55 victory over the Rams at Rhode Island. | File Photo

The upcoming season will be the first under Lonergan, and GW will play 14 of their 30 regular-season games at the Smith Center. Of those 14, six will feature opponents that reached the postseason, including NCAA Tournament teams UAB, Richmond and Xavier.

“We’ll be challenging our student-athletes with very difficult non-conference games to go along with the rigorous Atlantic 10 schedule,” Lonergan said. “This schedule should prepare us to be at our best heading into the A-10 tournament and for what hopefully will be some important late-season games come March.”

GW’s season will again kick off with an exhibition game against Bowie State, hosting the Bulldogs Nov. 6. Lonergan’s first season will officially begin five days later, when the Colonials host the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Nov. 11.

From there, GW will swing into its previously announced non-conference schedule. The program will play its next six games away from home, beginning with the CBE Classic, where the Colonials will travel to the University of California Nov. 13, a matinee game that will be broadcast on ESPNU. GW will complete the tournament by travling to Bowling Green, Oh., playing three games in three days against Detriot, Austin Peay and Bowling Green.

GW will conclude its road trip Dec. 1 at Kansas State before heading back to the District to take on 2011 NCAA Final Four Participant VCU in the annual BB&T Classic, held in the Verizon Center.

The Colonials will return to the Smith Center to host Loyola University Maryland Dec. 7, pitting Lonergan against former Catholic University teammate and roommate Jimmy Patsos, the head coach of the Greyhounds. GW returns to the road Dec. 10 to take on Big East powerhouse Syracuse, where assistant director of basketball operations Maurice Joseph’s younger brother, Kris Joseph, is a forward for the Orange.

The Colonials enter a four-game home stretch upon their return from Syracuse, hosting Bradley Dec. 15, James Madison Dec. 22, UAB Dec. 28 and Delaware State Dec. 31. GW will complete its non-conference schedule Jan. 14 at Harvard, who narrowly defeated the Colonials at home last season.

GW will open Atlantic 10 play Jan. 4 at St. Bonaventure, then traveling to Saint Louis Jan. 7 before hosting its first conference opponent when Rhode Island travels to Foggy Bottom Jan. 11. The Colonials will also host Xavier, Richmond, Duquesne, Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s (the team that knockedGW out of last season’s A-10 tournament with an overtime victory in the first round), Charlotte and La Salle. GW will also travel to Richmond, Temple, Dayton, Fordham, Charlotte and La Salle.

The Colonials’ full A-10 schedule is listed below, with opponents in bold. Announced starting times for games are listed, all other tip-off times will be announced at a later date.

at. St. Bonaventure, Jan. 4

at Saint Louis, Jan. 7

vs. Rhode Island, Jan. 11

vs. Richmond, Jan. 18

vs. Charlotte, Jan 21

at. La Salle, Jan. 25

at Fordham, Jan. 28. 1 p.m.

vs. Xavier, Feb. 1

vs. Massachusetts, Feb. 4

at Temple, Feb. 8

at Richmond, Feb. 11, 5 p.m.

vs. Saint Joseph’s, Feb. 18

at Charlotte, Feb. 22

vs. Duquesne, Feb. 25

vs. La Salle, Feb. 29

at Dayton, March 3, 12 p.m.

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Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 2:18 p.m.

Colonials finalize CBE Classic schedule

Senior guard Tony Taylor will help lead the Colonials in November's CBE Classic, an early-season basketball tournament hosted by Cal, Georgia, Missouri, and Notre Dame. File Photo

The Colonials finalized their CBE Classic schedule Friday, announcing that they will travel to the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, for three sub-regional games after opening the Classic at the previously announced matchup against host California.

The three sub-regional games will take place over three days from Nov. 21 to 23. The Colonials open the Bowling Green Subregional against Detroit on Nov. 21 at 5 p.m., followed by a contest against Austin Peay on Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. GW rounds out its sub-regional schedule on Nov. 23 against the host Bowling Green, with play scheduled to start at the conclusion of the 5 p.m. game between Austin Peay and Detriot.

The CBE Classic is an early-season basketball tournament, hosted by Cal, Georgia, Missouri and Notre Dame, all of which hold regional round action before advancing to a host-only Championship Tournament. GW and the remainder of the competing programs will continue on to a round-robin series at one of two sub-regional sites: Bowling Green and the Macon Subregional at the University Center in Macon, Ga.

The Colonials seek to re-establish themselves as a basketball powerhouse under new head coach Mike Lonergan in the upcoming season. GW is coming off their best season in the past four years, where former head coach Karl Hobbs lead the team to a 17-14 overall record, tying for fourth place in the Atlantic 10.

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Senior guard Tony Taylor will help lead the Colonials in November's CBE Classic, an early-season basketball tournament hosted by Cal, Georgia, Missouri, and Notre Dame. File Photo

The Colonials will travel to the Haas Pavilion next season, squaring off against California in the CBE Classic.

The game is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13.

Cal posted an 18-15 overall record under head coach Mike Montgomery last season. The Bears advanced to their third straight postseason, reaching the second round of the National Invitational Tournament, and finished fifth of ten in the Pac-10 conference.

The CBE Classic is an early-season basketball tournament, hosted by Cal, Georgia, Missouri and Notre Dame, all of which hold regional round action before advancing to a host-only Championship Tournament. GW and the remainder of the competing programs will continue on to a round-robin series at one of two locations yet to be determined.

The Colonials seek to re-establish themselves as a basketball powerhouse under new head coach Mike Lonergan in the upcoming season. GW is coming off their best season in the past four years, where former head coach Karl Hobbs lead the team to a 17-14 overall record, tying for fourth place in the Atlantic 10.

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