Colonials Challenge the Friars

PC hopes to build on its performance against Boston College when the George Washington Colonials invade the Dunk for a rare Sunday night tilt.

Key Returnees:
Carl Elliott, SR, PG, 6'4
Maureece Rice, JR, G, 6'1
Dokun Akingbade, SR, F, 6'9
Regis Koundjia, SR, F, 6'8
Rob Diggs, SO, F, 6'8
Cheyenne Moore, SO, F, 6'5
Noel Wilmore, SO, G, 6'4

Key Newcomers:
Damian Hollis, FR, F, 6'8
Travis King, FR, G, 6'2
Hermann Opuku, FR, F, 6'8

Last season: 27-3, 16-0 (1st)

Hopes:
GW was flat-out the best team in the Atlantic 10 last year, and a Top Ten team nationally. The Colonials lost a ton off of that team, however, and have been picked to finish farther down in the A-10 standings this year. Don't expect GW to be a pushover, though, not while Karl Hobbs is the coach. The backcourt will be very tough, with senior Elliott, a bigtime clutch performer returning at point, and Rice, last year's A-10 Sixth Man of the Year, joining him. The frontcourt is made up largely of unknowns, and someone will have to step up, although GW's weakness figures to be in the post. The three freshmen are all excellent prospects and should contribute at varying points.

Notes:
Despite graduation losses and not having transfer Moore, the Colonials have opened up 4-0. They've yet to play a close game, beating Boston University by 13, Dartmouth by 45, Longwood by 14 and Kennesaw State by 17. Of course, it could also be argued that they've yet to play a major opponent. So far, Elliott has been the scoring leader, at 16.8 ppg, but he's been joined at that average by Diggs, who barely played last year, but has helped give GW a threat in the frontcourt so far, also chipping in with 6.5 rpg. Rice has stepped in nicely, at 14.0 ppg, while Koundjia is at 9.5 ppg and Akinbade is at 7.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg. GW goes seven deep, with King and Wilmore rounding out the seven, while Rice is the primary three point threat (8-13). As a team, GW shoots well, 48% from the floor, 41% from three and 77% from the line. This will be the third meeting between PC and GW and the series is tied at 1-1. In the last meeting, GW was victorious, 83-77 on December 8, 2001.

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