Saturday, February 28
RICHMOND, Va. – For a team supposedly dead in the water midway through the season, the GW men’s basketball has been showing signs of life recently.
With no room for error if they want to make a run at the Atlantic 10 tournament, the Colonials beat Richmond 66-57 at the Robins Center Saturday night for their first road win of the season.
GW (10-16, 4-10 A-10) controlled the game from the beginning, aided by Richmond’s 26.5 percent shooting from the field, despite being hailed as “the best offensive team in the conference” by GW head coach Karl Hobbs earlier this week.
“We did some different things tonight that kept them off balance,” Hobbs said about his team’s defense approach.
“I thought GW kind of set the tone for the game early. They came out very aggressively and very well,” Hobbs counterpart, Richmond coach Chris Mooney said.
Junior Damian Hollis led the Colonials with 15 points and 16 rebounds, his second straight double-double. Sophomore Travis King had a season-high of 13 points on six for 10 shooting and senior Rob Diggs added 13 of his own for the Colonials, who find themselves two games out of the all-important 12th-place in the Atlantic 10 with two games remaining.
GW next plays the University of Massachusetts Wednesday in Amherst, Ma., in a game that may decide whether the Colonials make March’s Atlantic 10 tournament.
“We’re in the process of trying to rebuild brick by brick,” Hobbs said. “The UMass game, that’s another monumental step for us at this stage in the season. With that being said, we most certainly understand the importance of the game.”