Wednesday, December 9, 2009

GW beats Navy; Tonight: Providence

In the BB&T non-tourney, GW came out flat but turned it on to beat the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy. The seamen kept in the game by hitting a broadside (see, nautical term) of open three after open three, but good games from Damian Hollis and Lasan Kromah torpedoed them in the end. GW held Navy to 37% shooting, forced 21 turnovers and had 11 steals, and scored 21 off those turnovers. Tim Johnson also scored 12 off 5/9 shooting. Bryan Bynes, David Pellom, and Daymon Warren were suspended for the game, something about overspending their student accounts.

As for the crowd and such, it wasn't very large, though Navy did bring a big contingent of cadets. I discovered that sometimes girls in uniform are pretty darn cute. Also odd was that the Navy mascot is not an admiral or a ship or something, it's a goat. However, the goat looks nothing like a goat and more like a ram.

At one point the goat came over to the GW student section, hung around the dance team for awhile, and then came up into the student section to a chorus of boos. One GW girl started hitting it with her foam finger, then the goat head-butted her, knocking her backwards and making her yelp, which was pretty lame. Then another GW kid tried to pull the goat's shorts down, and the goat pushed the kid back. After that, and more boos, the goat beat a retreat to calmer waters. Pretty bad form -- what mascot goes to the opponents' fan section to taunt them?

Anyway, today is Providence. The Friars are 6-3 with wins over no one in particular and losses to Alabama, Boston College, and Rhode Island. Interestingly, the team is recruiting GW style players, long, athletic types to run. They actually named GW in an article. Should be a good matchup.

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