Saturday, November 8
The GW men’s basketball team hit the floor for the first time this season today, and once they hit it they didn’t stop, cruising to a 101-71 victory over West Georgia in an exhibition game at Smith Center.
Junior Damian Hollis led all scorers with 18 points, connecting on four of five three-point shots and adding four rebounds. Sophomore Xavier Alexander registered a double-double, scoring 17 points while collecting a game-high 11 rebounds. He also had five assists.
Head coach Karl Hobbs said he was particularly impressed with Alexander’s performance.
“He just had a great deal of energy. He was all over the place,” Hobbs said. “I just hope that consistently he can play the way he did today, because if he does, I think we’ll be a hard team to deal with.”
Seniors Rob Diggs, with 16 points, and Wynton Witherspoon, with 12, were the two other Colonials in double-digits, while sophomore Travis King and senior Noel Wilmore added nine points apiece. GW shot 52.9 percent as a team, including 9-of-18 from beyond the arc.
Hobbs said he focused more on the processes of the game than its final score.
“As a basketball coach, at this early stage of the game, you feel you have to work on everything,” he said. “But the one thing is, it looks like we’re athletic, it looks like we’re fast, it looks like we’re back to having pretty good depth. So I was very pleased in that regard.”