Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fordham: A win is a win, but it was pretty yucky

It was fairly pungent, but GW pulled out the win last night over Fordham, 68-60.

Kevin Larsen had a big game, leading all scorers with 15 on a lot of nice post moves, while Lasan Kromah played aggressively and in control, adding 13 on 6/8 shooting. However, that shooting didn't translate to the charity stripe, where Kromah was 1/6 and the team was a miserable 17/37, or 45.9%. It's like they're shooting a square ball out there. That's the worst GW has shot all season, and the worst since last year's game against Fordham where GW was 4/9.

I did some calculations, and amazing GW actually shoots free throws better at home than on the road, 67.25% versus 66.375% on the road. GW is currently 245th in the nation in free throw shooting.

Kromah's free throw shooting has been improving each season, but his percentage took a dip last game:

And the team:

But anyway, aside from free throw shooting, the team looked ok. They shot decent, 44% from the floor, though only 1/8 from three (the lone three coming from Bryan Bynes.) Nemanja Mikic passed up a couple open shots, which is too bad -- I hope he gets his confidence back (like Stella and her groove.) On the brighter side, the good guys had 17 steals for a total of 22 Ford Ham turnovers, with Kromah and Patricio Garino both grabbing 4. There is still some wild play out there and lazy passes, but the transition offense looked good and GW also had 20 second chance points off 19 offensive boards.

Bryan Bynes was hurt early on and missed the entire second half. We'll see what happens with that.

Here's GWHoops's take ("Wow, that was ugly"), and GWSports's official take.

But hey, I'm now selling cool t-shirts featuring the 2006 team. Buy one! And finally, here's the Storify of the game. I was tipped off that one of the Ford Ham players is named Brendan Frazier, so I proceeded to make  a bunch of jokes about Encino Man, The Mummy and so on.

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