Brian Costa

Game Notes: Men’s basketball

Rice quietly makes an impact Freshman guard Maureece Rice may not be used to coming off the bench, but the former Philadelphia prep star is making the most of his seven minutes per game. In 14 minutes Sunday, Rice chipped in five points, an assist and a game-high four steals. One of those picks came […]

Analysis: Colonials bothered by zone, injuries

Playing with a broken nose, as it turns out, is not so much painful as it is a pain. Just ask Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who took a shot to the face during his team’s loss to Massachusetts Jan. 15. After having surgery, the forward played the following two games with a protective mask, which was so […]

Column: The first recruits

Like Live Strong bands, red states and “The O.C.,” GW basketball is suddenly very hot right now. They’re in the Top 25 for the first time since the Clinton administration. They’re ESPN.com’s “it team” of the year, which is basically shorthand for fun to watch, not from a major conference and likely to surprise people […]

Column: Playing in two different worlds

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – If there is one thing that should be pretty clear after Monday night, it is that despite how far the GW men’s basketball team has come, the program is still a long way away from the likes of Wake Forest. With their last two games, excluding the preseason, being losses here in […]

Living the GW dream

Sitting at lunch at a Chinese buffet in Huntington, N.Y., GW alumnus Steve Israel was in a heated discussion with a friend. It was May of 2000, Israel was a town councilman, his friend was the town supervisor and both wanted to be the next executive of Long Island’s Suffolk County. Amid the argument over […]

Column: GW and Wake Forest play in two different worlds

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 16, 12:40 a.m. WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – If there is one thing that should be pretty clear after Monday night, it is that despite how far the GW men’s basketball team has come, the program is still a long way away from the likes of Wake Forest. With their last two games, excluding […]

Column: Believe the hype

As men’s basketball coach Karl Hobbs doled out quotes at a steady pace Friday during the annual preseason media day at the Smith Center, the questions often sounded something like this: “Wow, looking pretty good this year, huh?” That’s the feeling a lot of people, especially GW students, have about the Colonials this year. From […]

Column: A Yankee fan’s sad diatribe

The rain was light but steady Wednesday night, feeling just a bit colder on Yankees fans than on everyone else. The clouds would clear in a few days, no doubt, but what rolled in that evening is sure to last a lot longer. For the Yankee faithful – the passionate, the knowledgeable and, yes, the […]