La Salle (18-11) at George Washington (10-18)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 29th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Charles E. Smith Center (4,338) -- Washington, D.C. Television: None. Home Record: La Salle 12-2, GW 6-7. Away Record: La Salle 5-8, GW 2-10. Neutral Record: La Salle 1-1, GW 2-1. Conference Record: La Salle 7-7, GW 5-9. Series Record: George Washington leads, 19-12.
GAME NOTES: The La Salle Explorers hope to stop their recent slide in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings, as they pay a visit to the George Washington Colonials tonight at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.
Overall, La Salle's season appears to be a rather successful one, with an 18-11 record and a 7-7 mark in the very competitive A-10, but it has fallen from the top of the standings to the middle of the pack over the last few weeks by losing five of its last six games. The Explorers' latest defeat was perhaps their most disappointing, as they fell to last-place Fordham, 67-62, on Saturday.
George Washington looked to be on its way to a solid season after getting off to a 4-1 start back in November, but it has since lost 17 of 23 games to fall to 10-18 overall and 5-9 in conference. Though the Colonials had lost seven of their previous eight bouts heading into Saturday's clash with Duquesne, they came away with a 56-51 home win -- their sixth victory at the Smith Center this year.
GW leads the all-time series with La Salle by a 19-12 margin, although the Explorers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Colonials by prevailing in a 78-63 final at home on January 25.
La Salle has been losing in several different ways during its current skid, including low-scoring affairs (59-51 to Saint Louis) as well as shootouts (80-79 to Temple). Saturday's defeat was all the more disappointing considering the Explorers held an 11-point halftime lead, but they managed to score just 20 points on 29.6 percent field goal efficiency in the second stanza to allow Fordham to come back and claim victory. Despite its recent struggles, La Salle still has the A-10's third-best scoring offense (73.6 ppg), and it is shooting 46 percent from the field. The team had five players score in double figures on Saturday, led by Ramon Galloway's 14 points. All five starters for the Explorers average at least 9.5 ppg, led by Earl Pettis (15.2 ppg), Galloway (14.5 ppg) and Tyreek Duren (13.4 ppg). They also dish out the fourth-most assists in the league (14.7), and have a turnover margin of +2.79.
In a conference filled with impressive scoring teams, George Washington is not one of them, ranking next-to-last in points per game at 62.7, while connecting on only 42.4 percent of its field goal attempts. The Colonials shot a modest 21-of-48 from the floor on Saturday and made only 1-of-12 three-point tries, but they turned up the defensive intensity in the win, allowing Duquesne to net just 37.3 percent of its total shots. David Pellom led the team on the night with 11 points and 10 rebounds in logging his third straight double- double, all of which occurred with him coming off the bench. Tony Taylor (13.4 ppg, 4.4 apg) and Lasan Kromah (11.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg) are the Colonials' only double-digit scorers on the season. Pellom falls just short at 9.5 ppg, but he leads the A-10 in field goal percentage (.683).
La Salle has been reeling of late, and playing on the road anywhere can seem like a daunting task when its only 5-8 away from home. But the Colonials have been far from a powerhouse at home themselves, leaving the door open for the Explorers to get back on track.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: La Salle 75, George Washington 68
02/29 10:43:23 ET