WEB UPDATE: Home winning streak at 23 with win over Charlotte

Posted Saturday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m.
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The nation’s fifth-longest home winning streak is in tact after the GW men’s basketball team came from behind to beat Charlotte 76-68. But Karl Hobbs, GW’s sixth-year head coach, said his team cannot afford to think about it.

“We don’t talk about it at all,” Hobbs said of the streak, which sits at 23 games. “We’re just not that good to do that. We just talk about taking it one game at a time. Mostly, that’s been my philosophy, even more so this year.”

The Colonials (13-4, 4-1 Atlantic 10) trailed by as many as nine points but fought back in the second half with 66.7 percent shooting from the floor. GW’s woes from the free throw line continued as they made 10-of-22 from the charity stripe.

Junior Maureece Rice led the way for GW with 17 points. Senior Dokun Akingbade had his third consecutive double-double with 14 points, a career high, and 10 rebounds while classmate Carl Elliott had 13 points and six rebounds. Freshman Damian Hollis had a career-high 13 points.

Charlotte’s Leemire Goldwire had a game-high 18 points and Antwon Coleman had 13 points for the 49ers (8-9, 2-3 A-10). E.J. Drayton added 12 points and six rebounds.

GW returns to action Wednesday night against Saint Joseph’s at Smith Center at 7 p.m.

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