DePaul vs. George Washington Game Preview

The Blue Demons travel to the nation’s capital to face the George Washington Colonials on Thursday night. We preview the game in this report.

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DePaul Blue Demons (6-1) vs. George Washington Colonials (5-2) – Thursday, December 11th, 6:00 p.m. Central – Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, D.C.

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Game Preview

The Blue Demons head out of Chicagoland for the first time this season to play on the road in the nation’s capital at George Washington on Thursday night.

This is an opportunity for DePaul to pick up a quality non-conference win on the road. The Colonials are currently ranked 53rd in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball ratings.

The Colonials are undefeated at home so far this season. Their only two losses have come on the road at Virginia and at Seton Hall. Their best win came on the road at Rutgers.

GW is coming off a season where they finished 24-9 and in third place in the Atlantic 10 conference. The Colonials advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they were ousted in the first round by Memphis.

The Colonials are projected to do just as well this season and were picked to finish second in the A-10 by the league’s coaches.

GW is led by Argentinian swingman Patricio Garino (14.6 points per game and 17 steals). Junior guard Kethan Savage is averaging 13.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

GW is extremely tough to beat at home. They’ve won their three home games this season by an average of 33 points. The Colonials have won 18 of their last 19 games at the Smith Center.

DePaul will have their work cut out for them. GW ranks 35th in the nation in Scoring Defense, allowing only 58 points per game. They also allow rank 31st in three point field goal percentage defense at 27.5 percent.

“It’s a really, really good team, trust me,” DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said of George Washington.

There is the possibility that DePaul and GW could meet a second time on December 23rd in the second round of the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.

This game represents a homecoming for DePaul sophomore Darrick Wood, who hails from nearby Alexandria, Virginia.

George Washington will return the game at DePaul next season.

The Last Time

On December 6, 1998 at the MCI Centre in Washington, D.C., the Blue Demons took down GW 87-79 in the first game of the BB&T Classic.

Lance Williams led DePaul with a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Willie Coleman contributed 17 points, while Bobby Simmons chipped in with 14 points.

Yegor Mescheriakov led the Colonials with 26 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort. GW coach Tom Penders was ejected from the game in the second half after picking up two technical fouls for arguing a no-call.

GW Roster

NO NAME HT WT POS Year/Class Hometown/High School/Last College

3 Paul Jorgensen 6-2 183 G FR New City, NY/Don Bosco Prep (NJ)

4 Anthony Swan 6-7 190 G/F FR Los Angeles, CA/Virginia Episcopal School

5 Nick Griffin 6-2 176 G SO Rockville, MD/Magruder

11 Kethan Savage 6-3 200 G JR Fairfax, VA/Episcopal

12 Yuta Watanabe 6-8 193 F FR Kagawa, Japan/St. Thomas More School (CT)

13 Patricio Garino 6-6 208 G/F JR Mar del Plata, Argentina/Montverde (FL) Academy

15 Darian Bryant 6-4 220 G FR Bowie, MD/St. John's College H.S.

20 Ryan McCoy 6-7 218 F JR Skillman, NJ/Montgomery/Manhattan

21 Kevin Larsen 6-10 260 F JR Copenhagen, Denmark/Montrose Christian (MD)

22 Joe McDonald 6-1 194 G JR Lorton, VA/Landon School

34 John Kopriva 6-8 214 F SR Milwaukee, WI/Marquette Univ. H.S.

45 Matt Cimino 6-10 213 F FR Falmouth, ME/Worcester (MA) Academy

Matt Hart 6-1 182 G JR Orchard Park, NY/Canisius H.S./Hamilton

Tyler Cavanaugh 6-9 235 F JR Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt/Wake Forest

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