George Washington (8-12) at Fordham (8-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday January 28th, 1:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Rose Hill Gym (3,200) -- Bronx, New York. Television: YES. Home Record: GW 5-4, FU 7-2. Away Record: GW 1-7, FU 1-9. Neutral Record: GW 2-1, FU 0-0. Conference Record: GW 3-3, FU 1-5. Series Record: George Washington leads, 19-5.
GAME NOTES: The George Washington Colonials look to stay in the thick of things in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings as they head to the Bronx for a bout with the Fordham Rams.
This will be the 25th meeting between the programs in history. George Washington holds a 19-5 advantage, but Fordham narrowed the gap with a 72-52 victory in last season's tussle.
After an 0-2 start to league play, George Washington enters tonight's bout with an 8-12 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the A-10 after winning three of their last five. The Colonials lost 78-63 to the La Salle Explorers on Wednesday, which has them one game out of first place. The Colonials had a decent shooting performance in the match up with La Salle, as they shot 46.3 percent from the field. However, Explorers were unstoppable and knocked down 57.7 percent of their shots in the game. Head coach Mike Lonergan will need to change things up on the offensive end, as his team ranks last in the league in scoring offense with an average of only 62.0 ppg.
Tony Taylor is the floor general for the Colonials. The senior point guard leads the team with 13.1 ppg and 4.2 apg. Taylor has not played to his potential as of late, as he has been held under 10 points for two-straight games. Lasan Kromah is the team's second leading scorer with an average of 10.6 ppg and top rebounder with 5.4 rpg. The junior swingman went 8-of-21 from the field and 0-of-2 from three-point range in his last two outings.
Fordham has been out of sync since knocking off the then nationally-ranked Harvard Crimson on Jan. 3rd. The Rams were completely destroyed by Richmond as they dropped a 102-58 decision on Wednesday. The contest was the second- straight time the Rams were outscored by 40+ points in a row. Head coach Tom Peccora's team ranks 13th of 14 in the conference in scoring offense with an average of 62.2 ppg, and scoring defense with an allowed average of 71.4 ppg. The Rams are not helping themselves score at the charity stripe as they are last in the A-10 with a 61.8 percent connection from the free throw line.
The Rams are led by forward Chris Gaston. The junior is tied for eighth in the conference in scoring (15.7 ppg) and first in rebounding (10.6 rpg). Gaston is a double-double machine as he has recorded 13 already this season. Gaston scored 22 points, after shooting 9-of-20 from the floor in his most recent outing. Branden Frazier is a solid contributors with scoring averages of 12.4 points per game. Frazier has scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the team's blowout loss to Richmond.
Although Fordham has been struggling as of late, a return home might be just what the doctor ordered. Gaston is sure to create some matchup problems and Frazier is playing very well in his complementary role. Taylor will have to step it up at the offensive end if the Colonials want to keep pace in the A-10.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Fordham 70, George Washington 65
01/28 10:38:03 ET