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Maybe this will make this afternoon’s 75-65 loss to the Dayton Flyers a little more bearable?

The men’s basketball team has always struggled to pull out a win when traveling to the University of Dayton Arena. The last time the Colonials walked away from Ohio victorious was on Feb. 26, 2005 under head coach Karl Hobbs.

With the game tied at 59 and under a minute to play, a crucial turnover by the Flyers with just seconds left on the clock gave then-GW sophomore Carl Elliot one last opportunity to win the game in regulation with a prayer from close to half court.

The rest is history, and the finish was nothing short of spectacular.

Elliot would go on to be named to the Atlantic 10 all-defensive team at the end of the season and the team as a whole would finish the year 22-8 with a conference title and a first round loss to Georgia Tech in the NCAA tournament.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 6:04 p.m.

Lasan Kromah headed to UConn

Then-senior Lasan Kromah looks to pass to an open Colonials teammate. Kromah will take his talents and final year of eligibility to UConn next season. Hatchet File Photo

Former men’s basketball guard Lasan Kromah will use his fifth year of eligibility to play for UConn next season, CBS Sports reported Tuesday.

The move reunites Kromah with former Colonials’ head basketball coach and current UConn assistant coach Karl Hobbs, who recruited him to GW back in 2009, and was later fired following the 2011 season.

As a graduate student in 2013-14, Kromah will get to play immediately for the Huskies, after missing his entire sophomore season at GW due to a torn lisfranc ligament in his left foot. He reportedly will receive UConn’s last open scholarship during his final season.

Coming off the bench for the Colonials this past season, he averaged 10.1 points per game and became a leader for GW down the stretch. He was expected to become a starter for head coach Mike Lonergan’s squad next season before announcing his transfer last month.

Kromah leaves GW having averaged 11.0 points and 4.05 rebounds per game, with a shooting percentage of 44.2.

Kromah will add perimeter shooting and ball handling skills to a Huskies team already loaded in the backcourt. He will likely serve as a role player off the bench, with UConn returning guards Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun to its squad that missed the NCAA tournament last season due to below-standard academic scores.

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Karl Hobbs

Karl Hobbs coaches from the sidelines during a men’s basketball game. Hatchet File Photo

Former men’s basketball coach Karl Hobbs will move up the bench at UConn in the coming season, transitioning from the Huskies’ Director of Basketball Administration to a full-time assistant coach position.

Hobbs was hired at UConn in July 2011, after he was fired as the Colonials’ head coach following a decade-long stint at the helm of the GW program. Hobbs, a UConn alumnus, previously worked as an assistant coach for the Huskies from 1993 to 2001, and his staff at GW featured UConn ties, including the hire of Donyell Marshall as an assistant coach.

Hobbs’ tenure at GW was a series of highs and lows for the men’s basketball program,  when Colonials finished with losing records in both of Hobbs’ first two seasons, but began a surge to the top of the conference in his third season with a trip to the NIT in 2004. The team made the NCAA Tournament three consecutive times in 2005, 2006 and 2007 before falling on hard times, finishing in 13th place in the 14 team Atlantic 10 in 2008 and 2009.

His move to an assistant role isn’t the only change in UConn’s coaching roster for the upcoming season. Longtime head coach Jim Calhoun retired earlier this year, paving the way for former assistant Kevin Ollie to assume the head coaching slot, and Glen Miller will become the Huskies’ Associate Head Coach.

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Six-foot-three guard Kethan Savage will join the Colonials next year. Photo courtesy of Episcopal High School.

Correction appended

The Colonials first recruit for the 2012 class has committed to GW, ESPN is reporting.

Kethan Savage, a guard from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., is listed as a three-star prospect and has a scouts grade of 89 out of 100 by ESPN.com and is also listed as a three-star prospect by Scouts.com and Rivals.com.

The 6-foot-3, 190 pound guard is also ranked as a five-star football prospect by ESPN.com. Based on available figures for his 2010-11 season, Savage averaged 17.7 points per game and a 76.2 free throw shooting average. His CBSSports.com profile describes him as a strong, aggressive shooter down the lane, who is quick in transition, but needs improvement in his jump shot.

This news comes just days after former Villanova forward Isaiah Armwood announced his transfer to GW.

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Savage is the first recruit of the 2012 class to commit to GW, and the first under new head coach Mike Lonergan. | File Photo

The 2012 class will be the first under new Colonials head coach Mike Lonergan, who saw two recruits, center Erik Copes and guard Curtis ‘Trey’ Davis depart from the program after he took the reins following the termination of former head coach Karl Hobbs. Lonergan added forward John Kopriva to the roster, and the third recruit from Hobbs’ class, forward Jonathan Davis, remained with the program. Savage is the first guard to commit to the program following Trey Davis’ departure, and earned a stronger ranking from ESPN.com than Davis.

This article was updated on August 27, 2011 to reflect the following: The Hatchet incorrectly stated that Savage posted a 76.2 shooting average. The article has been updated to reflect that it was a 76.2 free throw shooting average.

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 Updated Aug. 25, 2011, 4:05 p.m.

Former Villanova forward and team captain Isaiah Armwood will join GW on the court, he tweeted late Wednesday night. The move marks the first major transfer to the Colonials since head coach Mike Lonergan took the reins of the program and brings a former Big East player to the sidelines of the Smith Center.

Per NCAA regulations, Armwood will sit out the upcoming season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.

When reached for comment, sports information spokesperson Jesse Hooker said the athletics department had no statement regarding transfers at this time.

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Armwood made seven starts in 31 appearances last season, averaging 2.5 points and 3.6 rebounds and earning a .491 field goal percentage. He posted an overall average of 17 minutes per game.

The Wildcats finished the season with a 21-12 overall record, falling in first round of the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament to South Florida, a contest where Armwood did not score but grabbed two rebounds before fouling out. Villanova also traveled to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, where they fell to George Mason. Armwood played five minutes in that game, recording zero points and rebounds.

Armwood’s decision to leave Villanova was announced earlier this month, when CBS Sports reported that the forward was looking for an opportunity to find a men’s basketball program where he could shine and play a major role. At the time, GW, Maryland, Iowa and Texas Tech were reported as being in the mix for Armwood. A Baltimore-native, the forward also spoke of familiarity with two of the Colonials new assistant coaches. Pete Strickland recruited Armwood out of high school when he was at North Carolina State and Kevin Sutton was a familiar high school opponent for the forward while the head coach at Montverde Academy.

Armwood’s addition to the roster is the latest in a series of changes for the Colonials, who saw former head coach Karl Hobbs depart at the end of last season, replaced by Lonergan and his staff. He’ll join a program looking to re-establish itself as a basketball powerhouse, as GW come off its best season in the past four years, where Hobbs lead the team to a 17-14 overall record, tying for fourth place in the Atlantic 10.

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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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Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 9:44 p.m.

GW to face VCU in annual BB&T Classic

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Junior guard Bryan Bynes goes for a basket at last season's BB&T Classic against the Navy Midshipmen in the Verizon Center. File Photo

GW’s upcoming match-up against a 2011 Final Four team is official, with the Colonials set to square off against Virginia Commonwealth University in the annual BB&T Classic. The game is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m.

The Classic is an annual doubleheader basketball showcase, hosted by GW and the University of Maryland. The Terrapins will face Notre Dame in the second game this year, completing the 2011 lineup of games that will benefit the Children’s Charities Foundation.

VCU was a true Cinderella story last season, advancing to the program’s first-ever Final Four in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Rams posted a 28-12 overall record on their way to becoming just the third 11-seed team in Tournament history to advance to the Final Four, before falling to Butler. Coached by Shaka Smart, VCU finished sixth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll at the end of the season, the highest ever rating earned by the program.

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.

The Rams and the Colonials last squared off in the 2010 College Basketball Invitational tournament, where VCU ended GW’s season with a narrow 79-73 victory. Prior to that, the programs had only competed against each other once, when VCU beat GW 74-64 at a tournament in Charlottesville, Va., in the first game of the 1978-79 season.

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Karl Hobbs came to GW from UConn in 2001. The Huskies rehired the former head coach only three months after Hobbs was unexpectedly fired from GW. File Photo

Updated 4:12 p.m.

Karl Hobbs has gone home.

The University of Connecticut has rehired the former GW men’s basketball head coach to serve as the director of men’s basketball administration for the Huskies. Hobbs was an assistant coach for UConn from 1993 to 2001, when he took to the sidelines for GW.

“I am blessed with the opportunity to work with such incredible coaches, administrators and student-athletes,” Hobbs said. “I consider everyone at UConn to be family to me and I take great pride in returning under the tutelage of such a phenomenal Hall of Famer and mentor in Coach [Jim] Calhoun. I credit coach for so much of the success that I have had in my career and to be back working for him is a thrill.”

While Hobbs was at UConn, the Huskies earned five Big East Regular Season titles, three Big East Tournament crowns and the 1999 NCAA National Championship.

The University released the 10-season coach from his contract in April. At the time, University administrators said GW would “honor” Hobbs’ contract through its completion  – a sign that GW will continue to pay Hobbs’ salary – around $500,000 per year – until his contract expires in 2012.

University spokeswoman Candace Smith declined to comment Tuesday as to if GW would continue to pay Hobbs for the remainder of his contract, citing “personnel matters.”

The Colonials are coming off of their best season in the past four years after Hobbs led his team to a 17-14 overall record and a 10-6 mark in Atlantic 10 play, good enough for a tie for fourth place in the final conference standings. GW closed the season on a down note though, losing in the first round of the conference tournament to 12th seeded Saint Joseph’s.

Hobbs’ decade-long tenure at GW was marked by a series of highs and lows for the men’s basketball team. The Colonials finished with losing records in both of Hobbs’ first two seasons, but the program began its surge to the top of the conference in his third season with a trip to the NIT in 2004.  The team made the NCAA Tournament three consecutive times in 2005, 2006 and 2007 before falling on hard times, finishing in 13th place in the 14 team Atlantic 10 in 2008 and 2009.

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Friday, July 15, 2011 1:14 p.m.

Colonials ranked 62nd on Hoops Report

Tony Taylor battles his way to the basket in last season's first round of the A-10 tournament against Saint Joseph's in March. File Photo

The men’s basketball team earned the 62nd slot on The Hoops Report’s countdown of the top 68 collegiate men’s basketball programs in the nation Thursday.

Report author Ryan Feldman said the Colonials’ coaching changes, the return of junior guard Lasan Kromah to the court and senior guard Tony Taylor‘s ability to further his impressive performance from last season would bode well for the team.

He pointed to head coach Mike Lonergan’s new coaching style as an asset, but said the team’s overall performance hinges on its ability to quickly assimilate with Lonergan’s system and the continuity of its players’ performances.

Feldman predicted the Colonials’ starting lineup, placing Taylor at point guard, Kromah at shooting guard, junior Dwayne Smith at forward, sophomore Nemanja Mikic at forward and redshirt senior Jabari Edwards at center. Junior guard Bryan Bynes, junior forward David Pellom and senior guard Aaron Ware are identified as key reserves.The report makes no mention of incoming recruits Jonathan Davis and John Kopriva.

The ranking is an improvement from last year, when the Colonials failed to break into the site’s rankings.

The Colonials are coming off their best season in the past four years after former head coach Karl Hobbs led GW to a 17-14 overall record and a 10-6 mark in Atlantic 10 play, good enough to tie for fourth place in the final conference standings. GW lost in the first round of the conference tournament to 12th seeded Saint Joseph’s, the second time in two years that the program qualified for the league tournament before falling in the first round.

The full list has yet to be released, as articles are staggered according to a school’s ranking. However, Atlantic 10 rivals Dayton and Duquesne came in at numbers 64 and 63, respectively.

The Hoops is a college basketball news website, providing news and information that includes articles on game results, standings, NCAA tournament predictions and NBA draft predictions.

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