ATLANTIC CITY, March 9 – After missing some of Thursday’s game with an injured wrist, senior Regis Koundjia showed no signs of being hurt Friday against St. Louis. Koundjia played one of his best defensive games as a Colonial, holding St. Louis star Ian Vouyakas to just six points and four shot attempts.
St. Louis’ 40 points were the fewest allowed by GW in an Atlantic 10 tournament game. The previous low was a 58-49 win over UMass in 1997’s quarterfinals.
GW has held opponents to just 24 total field goals over the first two games of the tournament.
“Our defense won the day,” head coach Karl Hobbs said.
Baron Key To Championship Game
Hobbs said that sharp-shooting URI guard Jimmy Baron, who scored 17 points against Xavier Friday, will be the focal point of GW’s game plan Saturday.
“Baron will be the most dangerous guy in the game tomorrow because he can break your spirit with his the ability to make threes,” Hobbs said.
The match-up between GW and Rhode Island in the championship game marks the fourth time each team has made it to the finals of the Atlantic 10 tournament. GW last reached the championship game in 2005, when it won its lone title.