George Washington (8-11) at La Salle (14-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 25th, 7:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Tom Gola Arena (4,000) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: GW 5-4, La Salle 10-0. Away Record: GW 1-6, La Salle 3-5. Neutral Record: GW 2-1, La Salle 1-1. Conference Record: GW 3-2, La Salle 3-2. Series Record: George Washington leads, 19-11.
GAME NOTES: A couple of the teams tied at 3-2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play hit the floor at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia tonight, as the La Salle Explorers entertain the George Washington Colonials.
The Explorers are not only undefeated at home this year through 10 games, but the team has run the win streak at Gola Arena to 12 in a row thanks to an 80-66 triumph over Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon. The victory served to snap a brief two-game slide by La Salle, defeats on the road at both Dayton and Temple, which were the first A-10 setbacks of the season for the program.
As for the Colonials, even though they are three games under .500 overall on the campaign, they are also showing a 3-2 mark in conference thanks to a 60-52 decision against Charlotte on Saturday. The win was the second in a row and the third in four games for the program.
In a relationship that dates back six decades, the Colonials are ahead by a count of 19-11, with GW winning the most recent matchup last season by a score of 82-80. The Colonials are on the books for hosting the second-half of the season series on February 29.
Nemanja Mikic was the lone double-digit scorer for the Colonials on Saturday as he posted 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor and luckily that was all the hosts needed as they picked up the eight-point win over Charlotte. Defensively, George Washington stepped up in a big way as it limited the visitors to just 36.7 percent shooting from the floor and 4-of-18 behind the three-point line, important numbers considering the Colonials clearly dropped the ball at the free-throw line where they were just 18-of-34. Free-throw shooting has been questionable for this group for much of the season, with them now hitting on only 63.7 percent of their chances, compared to a decent 70.4 percent for the competition. Because of that lackluster effort, the Colonials are managing just 61.9 ppg with Tony Taylor and Lasan Kromah generally the top contributors with 13.4 and 10.6 ppg, respectively.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Explorers on Saturday, led by Tyreek Duren who tallied a game-high 21 points in the victory over visiting Rhode Island. Duren, who was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week for his efforts, converted 6-of-8 shots from the floor and added five rebounds and five assists to his stat line. Earl Pettis accounted for 19 points, Jerrell Wright 17 and eight boards, followed by Sam Mills and Ramon Galloway with 10 points apiece. Galloway and Pettis are essentially tied for the top spot on the scoring list for La Salle with 14.8 ppg each although the former, who is knocking down 45.4 percent of his three-point tries, has appeared in three fewer games. Duren (14.1 ppg) paces the group in both assists (90) and steals (36) as he shows quick hands at both ends of the floor for an Explorers bunch that is outscoring the competition by more than 10 ppg at the moment.
There is something special going on with the Explorers this season, particularly at home where no other school has figured out how to take them down. The Colonials should make things interesting, but still La Salle has the inside track with the balanced scoring it has demonstrated recently.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: La Salle 69, George Washington 61
01/25 10:39:05 ET