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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 31, 3 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) -- Manhattan, Kansas. Television: MASN2, Fox Sports Midwest/Kansas City. Home Record: George Washington 6-0, Kansas State 6-1. Away Record: George Washington 2-0, Kansas State 0-0. Neutral Record: George Washington 3-1, Kansas State 3-2. Conference Record: George Washington 0-0, Kansas State 0-0. Series Record: Kansas State leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The George Washington Colonials look to extend a six-game winning streak as they travel to face the Kansas State Wildcats in non-conference action on Tuesday.
George Washington has already had two lengthy win streaks sandwiched around a single loss to Marquette in the Wooden Legacy Tournament at Titan Gym in Fullerton, Calif. The Colonials look to extend their current streak to seven against Kansas State, after winning their sixth straight, 69-58, against Hofstra on Saturday.
The Wildcats bring a seven-game win streak home to Manhattan after a decisive 72-41 win over Tulane in the Brooklyn Hoops Festival at the Barclays Center last Saturday.
Kansas State holds a 2-1 series advantage against the Colonials all-time.
George Washington used a 40-24 second-half scoring tear to defeat Hofstra last time out to improve to 11-1 on the season, matching the team's fifth-best start in program history. Six consecutive wins is also the longest win streak the team has experienced since the Colonials' last NCAA Tournament season in 2006-07, when they won eight in a row. Veteran Maurice Creek scored 17 points in the contest against the Pride - 15 of which came in the second half to help GWU battle back from a 32-29 halftime deficit. Sophomores Kevin Larsen and Kethan Savage scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Creek is the team's leading scorer this season with a 16.3 ppg clip, while Savage (13.8 ppg) and Isaiah Armwood (11.9 ppg) are second and third on the team, respectively. Armwood is the team's leading rebounder, bringing down 7.3 rpg, and the team's leading shot blocker with 33 total this season. Creek is shooting exactly 50 percent this season from the floor, including 47.1 percent from behind the 3-point line. He also leads the team, shooting 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.
A big game from senior Shane Southwell helped the Wildcats cruise past Tulane by over 30 points, 72-41, Saturday in Brooklyn. Southwell finished the contest with a career-high tying 19 points. Southwell shot 6-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, and pulled down five rebounds. The Kansas State defense was equally as impressive, holding the Green Wave to 41 points - a season-low for the Wildcats - on 28.6 percent shooting as a team. The Wildcats rank ninth nationally in scoring defense, and have held nine of their last 11 opponents to their season low in scoring. Freshman Nigel Johnson scored 13 points, while Wesley Iwundu added nine.
Southwell is third on the Kansas State roster this season in scoring, averaging 10.7 ppg. Marcus Foster, who leads the Wildcats in scoring with a 13.7 ppg average, had six points against Tulane, while Thomas Gipson (11.4 ppg) also added six. Southwell leads the team with 3.3 apg, and Gipson is the team's leader in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.584).
George Washington is off to a very hot start, but hasn't exactly played the toughest competition, save for the Wooden Legacy Tournament. At home, Kansas State and its stifling defense should prevail.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kansas State 69, George Washington 64
12/31 10:31:59 ET
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