Junior guard Tony Taylorand Head Coach Karl Hobbs shake hands during Saturday's win 82-64 win over Bowie State. Anne Wernikoff | Photo Editor
Before his team’s season began, men’s basketball coach Karl Hobbs outlined what he thought his team needed to do to be successful this season. A higher shooting percentage, shooting more threes and averaging somewhere around 75 points per game as a team would all be crucial, Hobbs said, if his team was going to compete this season.
GW more than met those requirements Saturday afternoon in its first game of the season, a 82-64 win in an exhibition game over Division II Bowie State at the Smith Center.
The Colonials shot an impressive 52.5 percent from the floor against the Bulldogs and shot just over 30 percent from behind the three-point line. GW scored 42 of its points in the paint and 23 off turnovers. All but one starter for the Colonials scored in double figures.
“I think the biggest success is that I thought we were able to get easier shots,” Hobbs said of his team’s offensive performance. “We took a good number of threes. I thought some of them weren’t the good variety, but the fact is we got them up and that’s one of the things that we talked about, being a better three-point shooting team.”
GW was led by sophomore guard Tim Johnson, who came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points against the Bulldogs. Johnson, who averaged just over 10 minutes per game last season, played more than double that Saturday. He said he was happy to be able to get into a rhythm, especially in the second half when he scored 12 of his 19 points.
“It’s not about my minutes I’m playing, but what I’m doing with them, just trying to put a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm to help my team out,” Johnson said. “A lot of the points I scored was because of my teammates, the way they’re cutting, the way we’re executing our plays. It was great.”
Hobbs said he was particularly pleased with the sophomore’s shot selection and with his energy off the bench.
“It was really encouraging, particularly the threes. He took four threes and he made three of them. He’s been shooting the ball extremely well,” Hobbs said. “He played with a lot of energy, a lot of poise and he played with great confidence. That’s the thing that he has to give us when he comes into the game is his energy and his athl