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After ending last season with an 11-5 record at home, women's basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis will look to take his team far into the NCAA tournament this year. Hatchet File Photo

After ending last season with an 11-5 record at home, women’s basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis will look to take his team far into the NCAA tournament this year. Hatchet File Photo

The women’s basketball team will host last year’s regular season champion and NCAA Tournament participant Dayton, Atlantic 10 champion Fordham, Saint Joseph’s and conference newcomer Davidson as part of its eight-game home matchups and 16-game A-10 Conference schedule.

The Colonials will also host Duquesne, George Mason, Richmond and St. Bonaventure, the league announced Monday. GW ended last season with an impressive 15-3 at home.

On the road, the team will face Dayton, George Mason, Richmond, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis and Women’s National Invitation Tournament participant VCU. The Colonials finished at .500 on the road last season, ending the year with a 6-6 record.

GW finished last season with a 23-11 overall record, a nine-win improvement from the 2012-13 season. The Colonials earned a bid to the WNIT and advanced to the third round, where they were knocked out by the University of South Florida. GW’s two postseason victories were its first since 2008.

With arguably the best recruiting class in the A-10, the Colonials are on track to carry last season’s success into the coming year.

The team will announce a full schedule at a later date.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Mark Eisenhauer.

After sweeping Cornell Wednesday, the women’s softball team returned home for conference play against La Salle, splitting a double header Saturday. The Colonials shut out the Explorers 9-0 in the first game and dropped the afternoon matchup 7-3.

The player of the day was sophomore Meghan Rico, who pitched all 12 innings of both games for the Colonials. Despite the seven runs scored by La Salle in the second game, she gave up only six hits to the Explorers and recorded an impressive 11 combined strike-outs over the two games.

The day’s first game was all GW. After a hitless first inning with Rico on the mound, the Colonials offense came to life early. Freshman Megan Linn reached first on an error and proceeded to steal second and third before being brought home by a single to left field by junior Victoria Valos.

GW scored twice more in the inning, sparking an unstoppable offensive onslaught that would continue for the duration of the game.

Three more runs came across in both the second and third innings, putting La Salle in a 9-0 hole that they would never overcome – mostly due to Rico’s stellar pitching. Four strikeouts and only three walks held Rico’s shutout intact as the mercy rule ended the game after the fifth inning.

“My catcher has been working a lot with me this whole week,” Rico said. “I’m not used to throwing 14 innings every day, but she has really been keeping me focused every single inning and making sure we mix up the pitches so it keeps the other team off-balanced and not able to catch up with us.”

Rico has seemed to find her rhythm as the season progresses and is proving why she should be seen as the team’s ace.

“[Rico] was on,” head coach Stacey Schramm said. “She didn’t throw that many pitches in the first game and they weren’t hitting her at all. I mean she is our best option right now, so we were just trying to get two wins with her today.”

The second game held as a scoreless stalemate for the first three-and-a-half innings, until a double by sophomore Morgan Matetic and a single from freshman Jillian Galich in the bottom of the fourth inning put the Colonials on the board, 1-0. Rico maintained a no-hitter through five-and-two-thirds innings, but a three-run homer to center field by La Salle freshman Christina Bascara gave the Explorers the 3-1 edge.

GW cut the lead to one in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a solo home-run from Matetic, her fourth of the season. But the Colonials ran into a host of defensive problems in the top of the seventh as they tried to contain the bats of the Explorers.

GW would commit three errors in the seventh inning alone, and finish with five in the game. Those errors would cost the Colonials, as La Salle scored four runs off GW’s kicked grounders that should have been routine put-outs.

The now 7-2 lead for the Explorers would be too great for even the heart of the GW lineup to close and the Colonials tacked on their twentieth loss of the season.

GW continues conference play Wednesday at 4 p.m. against George Mason.

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Isaiah Armwood collides with La Salle's Jerrell Wright in GW's big win over the Explorers Wednesday night. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant Photo Editor

Isaiah Armwood collides with La Salle’s Jerrell Wright in GW’s big win over the Explorers Wednesday night. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Brennan Murray.

If a 9-0 home record heading into Wednesday night’s game carried little weight, the Colonials subsequent 69-47 trouncing of the Explorers proved this squad is a force in the Smith Center’s friendly confines.

GW (17-3, 5-1 A-10) is now a shining 10-0 at home – the one blemish on their otherwise flawless conference record coming from the same La Salle team they just handed a convincing 22-point loss.

The Colonials played to their huge height advantage this time around, out-rebounding the Explorers 42-30, led by a 16 point, 14 rebound night from senior forward Isaiah Armwood.

“Today our bigs really outplayed their bigs,” head coach Mike Lonergan said.

For some Colonials, particularly Larsen, the rematch was a chance to revenge the four-point road loss from three weeks ago. In that game, Larsen went 3-13 from the field, putting up just nine point and trudging through foul trouble all game long. Wednesday, though, he did it all – running the floor, handling the ball and solidifying his presence inside for 15 points and eight rebounds.

“It was definitely kind of revenge for me, I’ve been kind of mad since that game,” Larsen said. “I’ve been more focused, worked harder, so it was definitely kind of sweet for me to play well today and get the win.”

The call to step up soon became the real motivation, though, when sophomore point guard Joe McDonald disappeared into the locker room late in the first half. McDonald, who scored 14 points last time against LaSalle, took a handful of hard hits before leaving the court with an apparent re-injured hip. Lonergan said after the game that they would likely know more about the point guard’s tomorrow.

“I really don’t know,” Lonergan said. “When he went out in the first half, our trainer Chris Hennelly just told me he was done, so I’ve been kind of worried about that for a while, so I don’t know what that means. Hopefully we’ll find out more tomorrow and pray he’s gonna be okay.”

McDonald would not return to the game, but his team certainly responded.

When the final buzzer sounded, Larsen, Armwood, Maurice Creek and Patricio Garino all found themselves in double-figures, combining for 56 points. As a team, GW would shoot 52 percent from the field. The concern moving forward without McDonald is certainly high, but at least for tonight’s second half, that concern was gone.

Armwood led the surge for GW from the first minute to the last. His double-double appeared on the stat sheet, but his consistent toughness on both ends was even more visible. Using length and energy on offense, he slid between La Salle defenders and established himself along the baseline. As the tenth minute passed, he had already drawn four fouls.

On the defensive end, Lonergan’s 1-3-1 defense kept La Salle stymied. Due in part to sophomore guard Patricio Garino’s pressure at the top of the key, the Explorers began turning the ball over in bunches as time ran down in the first period. An impressive 19-0 run over seven minutes of play highlighted the stellar GW effort and put the game out of reach.

“Our 1-3-1 I thought was really what was winning the game for us,” Lonergan said.

La Salle would shoot an abysmal 27.3 percent on the night, scoring its lowest point total of the season, as GW stuck with the kryptonic 1-3-1 defense for the entire second half. Senior guard Tyrek Duren kept the team respectable with 22 points, but leading scorers Jerrell Wright, Tyrone Garland and Steve Zack combined for a total of 13 points, with Zack going scoreless against the GW frontcourt.

“That was our primary goal,” Armwood said. “Especially Garland and Tyrek Duren, those guys are known for getting in the lane and creating. That’s how their offense is run, so coming into the game we just wanted to make that a goal of ours, to keep them out of the lane.”

For at least one night, the Colonials fixed their free-throw shooting woes, hitting 20 of 28 free throws on the night, and converting eight of nine to close out the first half. As if the freebies falling were not enough to keep the Smith Center crowd electric, Creek’s three-pointer with 54 seconds to go before the break caused an eruption of cheers that carried over into the second half.

The Colonials travel to Ohio on Sunday in search of their sixth straight victory against A-10 foe Dayton. The Flyers are 1-5 in conference play.

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Freshman guard Miguel Cartagena looks to go around a VCU defender earlier this month. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant Photo Editor

Freshman guard Miguel Cartagena looks to go around a VCU defender earlier this month. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant Photo Editor

Ben Krimmel, a senior majoring in international affairs, is a Hatchet columnist.

On a basketball court, freshman Miguel Cartagena doesn’t look very imposing. He’s listed as 6-foot, but that might be stretching it. He often looks a bit unsure of himself when taking the ball up the court, or at least, he looks like a freshman.

But Cartagena could be the man that can help GW fans from losing their minds without sophomore Kethan Savage.

Cartagena can’t replace Savage and shouldn’t attempt to play like him. Rather, starting tonight against La Salle, the freshman should emulate the style of play of the once-struggling junior John Kopriva.

During Saturday’s win at George Mason, Cartagena would advance the ball up the court and immediately peer over his shoulder to get instructions from his head coach. The offense was methodical, slow and a few times a better defender could have knocked the ball away from him when he was distracted and looking for guidance.

Now, in Cartagena’s defense, he was virtually on his own, as Nemanja Mikic, John Kopriva, Paris Maragkos and Nick Griffin provided little off the ball movement. During this reserve only time on the floor, Cartagena shot 1-5 with two turnovers and two personal fouls.

In 17 minutes, Kopriva forward had six boards, two points, and added two steals. Kopriva isn’t going to dazzle with sensational scoring numbers, rather his game Saturday was to fill space on defense and rebound. (Based on my last round of GW predictions, expect Kopriva to pour in at least 15 Wednesday night.)

Cartagena just needs to play smart and play a clean game. No one is expecting him to make any all-rookie teams. But if he can control the ball and keep a steady tempo, the rest of the squad can take it away.

Whenever he gets the chance, the freshman should feed the ball to sophomore forward Kevin Larsen. Larsen has responded to criticism following a poor shooting night (3-10 from the field) against La Salle last time with a run of four excellent performances.

The Colonials will look for their fifth straight victory tonight. If GW hopes to survive a lethargic first half, they’ll need another dominating second half when they shoot 66.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc.

But if the Savage-less Colonials are unable to overcome any offensive sluggishness and fall (again) to La Salle, concern shouldn’t compound with Savage’s gradual march to the locker-room. With a third of the season remaining, GW still have some budding playmakers it can count on.

This post was updated Jan. 29, 2014 at 5:05 p.m. to reflect the following:
Correction appended
The Hatchet misspelled Paris Maragkos’ last name.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writers Josh Solomon and Nora Princiotti.

With just over a minute left to play and his team finally down by single digits, women’s basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis wanted a timeout.

He screamed and jumped up and down, trying to get the referees’ attention, but to no avail. La Salle would inbound the ball, graduate student Danni Jackson would get called for her fifth, and final, foul and the Explorers would be able to ice the game with free throws.

The end result: a 77-68 loss – the second straight home defeat for the Colonials, bringing them to 4-3 in conference play.

Head coach Jonathan Tsipis tries to motivate his team during its 77-68 loss to La Salle Saturday. Jordan Leon | Hatchet Photographer

Head coach Jonathan Tsipis tries to motivate his team during its 77-68 loss to La Salle Saturday. Jordan Leon | Hatchet Photographer

The achilles heel for the Colonials Saturday: Explorers’ junior Alicia Cropper. The guard was unstoppable all game long, exploding for 32 points off 11-18 shooting. Tsipis said he regretted allowing her to get into a rhythm “early on,” especially from three-point range, where she went 5-7.

“We gave up 77 points to a team that had been averaging in the 50s and that started with the confidence we gave them in the first eight minutes of the game,” Tsipis said.

After six lead changes in the second half, La Salle took the lead for good at the six-and-a-half minute mark. The Colonials had been held scoreless from the field for nearly six minutes in the second half. They picked up their defensive intensity, forcing turnovers, but couldn’t convert them into points, as the ball rimmed in-and-out on fast break opportunities.

A string of strong defensive plays from GW’s full court press finally ignited the offense, and with a floater from Jackson with 6:39 to go, the Colonials had pulled within one. It would force a La Salle timeout.

“Defensively I felt like in the second half for about a seven or eight minute stretch we were pretty locked in. And the problem was that was about it for 40 minutes today,” Tsipis said.

The surprisingly-hot Explorers offense, though, would eventually be too much to overcome. La Salle, a team that averages less than 60 ppg, shot nearly 52 percent from the field and an incredible 80 percent from three-point range to stun GW.

“We definitely could’ve stopped them, it’s more so on us on how we communicated and rotated during the game,” junior guard Chakecia Miller said.

Miller had a strong game, leading the Colonials in scoring with 14 points and adding four assists. While her team looked hapless at times, Miller played with determination and found ways to get inside and score.

“If I saw a lane, if it was open, I took it and if I saw my teammates I tried to find them the best that they could,” Miller said.

Sophomore Jonquel Jones returned after missing the Colonials last game with a right foot injury, but would score just four points over 16 minutes of playing time, due to early foul trouble.

Graduate student Megan Nipe appeared to be more comfortable since coming back off a knee injury. She would reach double figures for the first time since her return, putting up 12 points in 20 minutes of action.

Despite the late game antics and frustration, Tsipis would ultimately sum up his team’s loss pretty bluntly.

“When they really needed it, when we got it to one, they were just faster to the loose balls, they were getting to the 50-50 balls, they turned the offensive rebounds,” Tsipis said.

The Colonials will look to bounce back on the road against Massachusetts at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

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Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 5:18 p.m.

Preview: Women’s basketball vs. La Salle

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Nora Princiotti.

WHO: GW (13-6, 4-2) vs. La Salle (9-9, 4-2)

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.

Where: Smith Center

Case for La Salle:

The high powered Colonials offense will run up against a staunch Explorers defense Saturday afternoon; La Salle has held conference opponents to a paltry 52.5 points per game so far this season.

Graduate student guard Danni Jackson has been on fire in A-10 play, averaging eight assists per game. Hatchet FIle Photo

Graduate student guard Danni Jackson has been on fire in A-10 play, averaging eight assists per game. Hatchet FIle Photo

Recent history is on the side of the Explorers, who have taken two of their last three matchups against the Colonials, the last coming two years ago. If GW is without the strong inside presence of Jonquel Jones, that trend could continue.

Jones was missed by the Colonials against Saint Joseph’s Wednesday due to a foot injury. She is still listed as day-to-day, but if the Colonials are forced to go without her they may struggle having to score from outside; La Salle holds opponents to just over 20 percent on three point shooting.

6-foot-4 center Leeza Burdgess ranks sixth in the Atlantic-10 conference in rebounds, averaging almost nine per game. She recorded her sixth double-double Sunday against Saint Joseph’s, with 12 points and 10 boards, and her 4.3 offensive boards per game are an A-10 second best. The Colonials will have to pay special attention to her down low, again, especially if Jones does not play.

Freshman Micahya Owens leads the Explorers in scoring at 12.9 ppg and will have extra motivation to produce, coming off a bad day against Saint Joe’s, scoring just five points on 4-17 shooting.

Case for GW:

La Salle will be coming into the Smith Center after suffering back-to-back losses to St. Bonaventure and Saint Joe’s. The Explorers, on the other hand, have won their first four conference games, though albeit, against opponents with a collective 5-20 record.

The Explorers are managing to score just 57.2 ppg, with only Owens and Alicia Cropper scoring in double digits. The Colonials combat that well with a fire power offense that has four players in double digits –Megan Nipe, Danni Jackson, Caira Washington and Jones. Jackson leads the A-10 in assists during conference games with 8 apg, helpful when going up against a La Salle team that barely tops that collectively, dishing it out less than 10 times per contest.

GW is the only team in the A-10 who has an edge on La Salle in rebounding, leading the conference with 48.5 rpg to La Salle’s 43. Washington pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds on Wednesday against Saint Joe’s, and should be tough to stop again off the glass.

Both teams are coming off losses to Saint Joe’s, though GW hung with last year’s league champs a bit longer than La Salle, falling 75-69 as opposed to the Explorers’ 64-52 defeat.

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Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 7:49 p.m.

Liveblog: GW at La Salle

 

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Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 7:20 p.m.

Preview: GW starts off A-10 play against La Salle

WHO: GW (12-2) vs. La Salle (7-6)
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 9 @ 8 p.m.
WHERE: Tom Gola Arena

Case for La Salle:

After winning three games in last year’s NCAA Tournament and making it all the way to the Sweet 16, the Explorers have certainly suffered this season from the loss of senior guard Ramon Galloway.

“I think its always an adjustment when you lose your best player and its no doubt about it they lost maybe one of the best guards in the league in Galloway and maybe they missed him a little bit more than they thought,” head coach Mike Lonergan said.

Then-freshman forward Kevin Larsen reaches for the ball during a game against La Salle last season. Hatchet File Photo

Then-freshman forward Kevin Larsen reaches for the ball during a game against La Salle last season. Hatchet File Photo

Having played just two games over the last 17 days, though, La Salle returns home well rested for the Atlantic 10 opener, compared to a GW team that played three game in the last 11 days.

Under head coach Dr. John Gianinni, the Explorers like to come out in an unusual four guard set, with only big man Steve Zack there to patrol the paint. Zack has carried the inside load well this season, though, averaging almost a double-double at 9.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

When the Explorers do decide to play big, joining Zack in the frontcourt is Jerrell Wright, who is second on the team in both points (13.7) and boards (6.3). Wright has been especially hot as of late, averaging 17.4 points over the team’s last five games. Look for Gianinni to test the waters early and see how his frontcourt matches up against forwards Isaiah Armwood and Kevin Larsen. More than likely, though, La Salle will find success creating matchup problems and limiting the impacts of Armwood and Larsen by playing small.

“I watch them on tape and they look really as good as ever, they get to the rim, they’re quick and there’s so much experience,” Lonergan added. “And like I said, they’re not all guards anymore. They can play their big lineup with Zack and Wright or just go with one post player.”

Leading La Salle in the very deep backcourt are seniors Tyrone Garland and Tyreke Duren. Garland paces the team at 13.8 points per game, while Duren leads the team with assists, at 46. Both players like to shoot from the outside, but have struggled to far this season. If the two of them can get hot shooting the ball, it will be a nightmare situation for GW, as Garland and Duren also possess great quickness at getting to the rim.

“They’ve got really talented guards,” sophomore guard Kethan Savage said. “I remember playing them last year and they returned eight of their first nine guys, so it’s going to be a fun game.”

Case for GW:

Case for GW:

What GW possibly lacks in rest, they certainly make up for in momentum, coming off a huge bounceback win over Georgia last Friday, 73-55.

Playing a lot of tough teams as La Salle has this season, the Colonials come into A-10 play having had much more success over their non-conference schedule. Manhattan and Miami, both teams GW defeated earlier this season, La Salle failed to get a victory against.

On the defensive side, look for Lonergan to mix up his defenses “and play a little 1-3-1 and try to put our height out there to take away there threes.” The Colonials, who give up just 65.6 points per game, could easily win this game with another strong performance on defense. The return of sophomore Patricio Garino certainly will add some energy, while Joe McDonald and Savage – who have 28 and 26 steals, respectively, this season – will try to pressure the La Salle guards.

“We’ve got to play defense, that’s one of our key goals, is to stop them on the other end because they’ve got four guards who play and they go four guards and one big and we want to make sure that we limit their touches and make sure that we play defense,” graduate student guard Maurice Creek said.

Both teams suffer from a lack of production off the bench, so if either squad gets into foul trouble, the game could easily come down to who’s reserve players show up for their team. In one of last year’s meetings, Garland and guard D.J. Peterson – coming off the bench – combined for 26 points to halt a Colonials three-game winning streak. GW will need some similar support from the likes of Garino or Mikic, to back up Creek and his team leading 16 points per game.

Finally, if the Colonials frontcourt can protect the paint and outrebound the Explorers to limit second chances for their backcourt, GW should find themselves with a win to start off conference play. Armwood’s team leading 7.4 rebounds and 37 blocks should certainly help here.

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Its time for bench players like senior Nemanja Mikic to step up. Hatchet File Photo

Its time for bench players like senior Nemanja Mikic to step up. Hatchet File Photo

Ben Krimmel, a Hatchet columnist, is a senior majoring in international affairs.

The men’s basketball team has racked up its most non-conference in nearly four decades and is sitting pretty going into Atlantic 10 play. But as the temperature plunges in Foggy Bottom, the Colonials still find themselves standing on some thinning ice.

Don’t let their most recent Smith Center 17-point romp over Georgia deceive you. GW basketball is not on as solid footing as head coach Mike Lonergan would like.

Why? Production from the GW bench has been virtually nonexistent.

Aside from GW’s in-form sixth man, Patricio Garino, the other players on the Colonials’ bench have provided just 16 total points in the last three games.

Lonergan doesn’t need all of his team to be hot all at the same time, but he can’t afford to have the bench remain cold as conference play begins against La Salle on Wednesday. Maurice Creek, Joe McDonald and Kethan Savage have carried the offense for the last month.

The three-point shots are no longer falling for forward Nemanja Mikic and neither are the lay-ups for forward John Kopriva. Those second and third players off the GW bench are averaging 17.2 and 13.1 minutes per game, respectively.

Mikic has not scored more than six points since GW’s win over Rutgers on Dec. 4 and failed to score in each of the last two GW contests. During that six-game stretch, the 6-foot-8 forward has shot 3-10 from behind the arc.

For Kopriva the numbers are even worse — he hasn’t made a field goal in a month. On the bright side, Kopriva has only missed four shots during that span.

The cameo appearances from guard Miguel Cartagena, forward Paris Maragkos, guard Nick Griffin and forward Skyler White haven’t been of significant or regular minutes to make too many judgments on their play.

However, Griffin has a very good-looking jump shot and good range. I would like to see the freshman get a five-minute run along side Creek to see if Griffin’s outside shooting can help stretch opponents’ defenses the way Creek’s does. Griffin could provide a change of pace as a shoot first guard as opposed to the slashing of Savage and McDonald.

Is this time for panic at the Smith Center? Of course not. But it is time to be concerned. (Think orange rather than red for any of my fellow Elliott School of International Affairs students who need a national security point of reference.)

The teams that have successful end of season runs have a couple solid contributors off the bench. For the Colonials, it is just a matter of finding the right reinforcements.

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This post was written by contributing sports editor Sean Hurd.

Who: Manhattan Jaspers

Where: Draddy Gymnasium

When: Saturday at 7 p.m.

Case for Manhattan:

Boasting the same 2-0 record as the Colonials, the Manhattan Jaspers should prove to be the toughest opponent GW has played so far in this young basketball season. Selected as the favorite to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the Jaspers were just a game away from making the NCAA tournament last season, after losing the MAAC championship – and their chance at an automatic bid – to Iona by a slim three-point margin.

The Jaspers have already impressed through their first two games of the season, defeating Atlantic 10 contender La Salle in double-overtime and then pulling out a one-point win over Columbia. Manhattan currently holds the second highest RPI in the country, according to CBSSports.com.

Manhattan has proven to be a formidable offensive team, averaging 85 points while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. The Jaspers have found their biggest strength behind the arc where they are averaging 11 three-point field goals per game, shooting an astounding 56.4 percent – also second best in the country.

Manhattan returns 10 players from last season’s roster, four of whom earned All-MAAC preseason honors. The Jaspers are led by senior guard/forward George Beamon who returned to the roster after sustaining a season-ending injury just four games into last season where he had been averaging 16.8 points per game. Through two games this season, Beamon, who was selected to the All-MAAC first team, is averaging an impressive 26 points per game.

Along with Beamon is the Jaspers frontcourt presence Rhamel Brown, a senior forward who, like Beamon, was named to the All-MAAC first team. For the second season in a row, Brown earned the MAAC defensive player of the year last season, and finished 10th in the nation in blocked shots with 3.3 blocks per game.

Case for GW:

In the first two games of the season, the Colonials have shown their capability of being offensive and defensive threats – but they’ve done so on separate occasions. For the Colonials to put the Jaspers away, they will have to combine their defensive prowess from the Radford game with their 100-point effort against Maine.

Look for GW to pressure the ball against a Manhattan team that struggles to maintain possession, averaging 17.5 turnovers a game thus far. Much like the home opener versus Radford, it’s likely that head coach Mike Lonergan will try to stifle the Manhattan offense by keying in on the Jasper’s top player in Beamon.

GW will look to stretch the floor with graduate guard Maurice Creek and senior Nemanja Mikic, who have both showed early signs of returning to their sharpshooting form. Creek is coming off his best game as a Colonial, earning 19 points and six rebounds against Maine.

As usual, though, the offense will need to run through senior forward Isaiah Armwood and sophomore center Kevin Larsen. Armwood continues to lead a well-rounded attack, averaging 12.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game, while Larsen has been quietly dominating the paint, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds a night.

The difference could be the Colonials newfound ability to attack the basket and draw in the defense with penetration from sophomore guard Kethan Savage. Savage leads the Colonials offense averaging 18 points per game.

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