Thursday, January 13, 2011

GW beats Fordham by 20, starting to feel it?

GW: doing the bull dance, feeling the flow, working it, working it.
The good guys won their fifth straight and third straight in A-10 play, clobbering the Rams of Ford-Ham 72-52. The game was 26-21 GW up at half after some sloppy play by both teams -- 33% shooting for GW and 27% for the Rams. Thankfully just before the half, Tim Johnson hit back-to-back threes. In the second GW exploded for 46 points on 54% shooting.

Interestingly, the Colonials didn't really rely on their usual scorers, as Tony Taylor only got on the board late in the second half, and finished with 12 to lead GW scorers. Dwayne Smith added 11 and Katuka had 10, though he missed some close ones (as usual). Bynes was 3/10, but made some key shots to light a spark (although also some bad ones) while Nemanja Mikic got 10 boards, but only 6 points -- including a dunk! Dan Guest added 7 and Daymon Warren had 6 and I liked what I saw from both of them -- energy and smart play. Also nice to see that Warren can actually score a bit and not just rebound off the bench.

The team made some bonehead plays, namely bad passes, but thankfully overcame them due mainly to scoring runs. And Fordham missed a lot of open threes, going 6/28. Make 4 more of those and it's a much different game.

The student turnout was great, and after a quick sequence where Smith dunked it from the side and Bryan Bynes hit a three, the crowd went bananas. Loudest I've heard it all season. As the game wound down and GW pulled away there were a bunch of alley-oops, which further energized the fans. Let's hope that many students keep coming to games, although the rest of the stands were still pretty sparse.

Here's the GWSports recap (and good video) and box score plus a Post article. Whoa!

In other random game notes, the Air Force drill team performed, which was cool, a crazy flailing dude won the Pita Pit dance contest, finally tearing the title away from the usual flailing little kid, and it was armed forces appreciation day, which included segments on GW Vets, a cool student organization for military vets.

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