The Colonials will try to break their three-game losing streak against Temple Sunday. Consecutive losses to Rhode Island, Dayton and Xavier have dropped GW in the polls and the Atlantic 10. GW (20-6, 9-4 A-10) reached its highest ranking in 42 years at number 17 in last week’s Associated Press Poll, but fell to 24th this week. The Colonials are in a second-place tie with Xavier in the A-10 West Division, trailing Dayton by a half game. Temple (17-6, 10-3 A-10) is second in the A-10 East behind Massachusetts. Temple is coming off a 50-42 win over St. Joseph’s and a 69-67 win over Rhode Island. The Owls play at St. Bonaventure Thursday night. Temple is led by its backcourt of Pepe Sanchez and Rasheed Brokenborough. Sanchez’s 5.11 assists per game is second in the conference, and he leads the A-10 in steals, averaging 3.95 per game. The Owls are led in the frontcourt by forward Lamont Barnes (13.9 ppg and 8.0 rpg). Once again, John Chaney’s match-up zone defense has been effective for the Owls. Temple is the highest-rated defensive team in the A-10, holding opponents to 60 points per game.
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