Thursday, December 10, 2015

Colonials now 8-1; GW looks at best starts in program history


The good guys resoundingly beat Penn State on Tuesday, 76-66, improving to 8-1. That's among the best starts in program history, and GWSports has an interesting article looking at other good starts in the past.

Highlights include 2004-2005, when GW beat #9 Michigan State and #11 Maryland in back to back games at the BB&T Classic, the great 2005-2006 team when the Colonials started the season 26-1 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament, the 1992-93 Sweet 16 season, and all the way back to 1953-54 when the team won the Southern Conference and reached the NCAAs for the first time.

That team included two players that scored 21 points a game, Corky Devlin and Joe Holup, and Holup also added an absurd 18.6 rebounds per game. Both later played in the NBA, and Holup collected 25.6 rebounds in the 55-56 season! Not bad for a 6'6" guy.

One of the most interesting things is that with all these great starts, GW made the tournament each time. Time will tell, but I'm hoping.

Here's the stats from that 53-54 team. Yow.




Pictured is the 1906-07 team from the GW Encyclopedia and 1953-54 stats from Sports-Reference.com

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