GW 69 - Boston U 56

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It wasn't the prettiest offensive night at the Smith Center, but GW controlled for much of the game to take the win. Both teams shot below 40% on the night, with GW at .385 thanks in part to a combined 2/14 from Reece Rice and Cheyenne Moore. The home team dominated on the boards and at the foul line, outrebounding the Terriers 37-21 and going 21/25 from the stripe.

Rob Diggs had a great game, especially in the second half, dominating inside, collecting 20 points on 8/13 shooting, 12 boards, and 3 blocks. So far Mr. Diggs is averaging 20.5 points and shooting 69.5% on the year. Xavier Alexander had a quiet 11 points in 22 minutes, adding 4 boards and 3 assists, and as noted, Rice had a poor offensive game, 3 points and no assists.

GW pretty much controlled the game, going up after about 5 minutes and holding a roughly 10 point lead for most of the contest, and despite going up by 18 at one point, couldn't quite pull away for an extended period. Boston's main offense was shooting threes, and they were much more successful in the first half than the second, probably due in part to what appeared to be a "pass around the perimeter and tire out the opponents, then pass to Diggs" GW offense.

As for the rest of the Colonial backcourt, Cheyenne Moore played more in control, though he had 5 turnovers, Noel Willmore was solid, Travis King played 1 minute, and Miles Beatty played well in the 4 minutes he was in towards the end. It was only 4 minutes, but he took charge for those 4 minutes, at one point waving off another GW defender to challenge his man one on one.

On the front, Damian Hollis didn't do much until about midway through the second half, when he suddenly started making an impact, and Wynton Witherspoon was decent. Moore and Holls both had 6 rebounds. Opoku was in for 2 minutes, and Katuka didn't appear at all, maybe he's hurt. I'll look into it.

As for the negatives, GW shot poorly, and generally just passed it around the perimeter, especially in the second half, then passed it in to Diggs. The Colonials took a lot of threes too, going 8/25, which of course means 2 for 1 pizza.

The team turned it over 17 times, but so did BU, so that's not terrible and got 9 steals, but again, so did BU. GW's defense was decent, though there were the occasional wide open guys and the one-on-one breakdown.

Despite watching the whole game, this one sort of gets an incomplete. There wasn't much flow until the middle of the second half, but no major, lengthy lapses either. Diggs has been a beast so far, and hopefully Rice can bust out of his mini-funk. He didn't seem very aggressive scoring-wise this game, and no assists isn't too good either. But just like ET, we still love you.

Here's the box score.


Anonymous said…
Thanks for the link back. Glad to find a place I can read about G-Dub hoops, as there's not a whole lot of A-10 action on the TV here in Texas.

Obviously, I'd love it if we could land Witherspoon, but if not I hope he ends up in blue and gold. Just call me a t-shirt Colonial.