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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (9,071) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: GW 6-6, UR 13-2. Away Record: GW 5-7, UR 3-8. Neutral Record: GW 1-0, UR 0-1. Conference Record: GW 6-6, UR 6-6. Series Record: George Washington leads, 58-31.
GAME NOTES: Two teams fighting to reach the postseason meet at the Robins Center on Wednesday evening, as the George Washington Colonials pay a visit the Richmond Spiders in an Atlantic 10 Conference clash.
After dropping a 71-59 decision to Saint Joseph's on Saturday, the Colonials find themselves in a four-way tie for eighth in the A-10. Since only 12 teams make the A-10 Tournament, GW is in a battle for their postseason lives.
The Spiders have won two straight and three of the last five overall, including Saturday's 77-55 decision at Fordham. Richmond is one of the three teams tied with the Colonials for eighth place in the conference and fighting to make the tourney. The Spiders are 5-1 at home in conference play this season.
Although the Colonials lead the all-time series, 58-31, Richmond had won four straight and five of the last six against GW before the Colonials swept a pair of meetings last season. The teams have split 20 A-10 encounters.
In his first game in Philadelphia after transferring to GW from Villanova, Isaiah Armwood led a trio of double-digit scorers with 14 points, but the Colonials still fell to Saint Joseph's by double-digits. Lasan Kromah chipped in with 13 points, while freshman Patricio Garino finished with 10 points and a team-high three steals.
Armwood is the only double-digit scorer for the Colonials with 12.0 ppg, accounting for 8.5 rpg as well, which is also tops on the unit and gives GW a rebounding advantage of just under five per game. At 37.8 rpg, they are the best rebounding team in the conference. With their limited scoring options, the Colonials are only averaging 65.7 ppg, but they play solid defense in yielding 63.4 ppg.
Freshman Deion Taylor scored 12 points and Terry Allen had a career-high 11 points as Richmond topped Fordham over the weekend. Sophomore Kendall Anthony tallied 11 points, senior Darien Brothers scored 10 and junior Derrick Williams added nine for the victors.
Four players are averaging double figures for Richmond, led by Brothers with 14.8 ppg. Brothers and Anthony (12.5 ppg) can both inflict some damage from beyond the arc, where they have combined to sink 121-of-281 3-point attempts (.431). Williams (12.2 ppg, team-best 5.9 rpg) and Cedrick Lindsay (10.6 ppg, 3.0 apg) have also been important contributors throughout the season. The Spiders average 69.7 ppg, while allowing 65.8 ppg.
Both teams have plenty to fight for, but the Spider have many more options on offense and play very well at home, so expect them to prevail and put themselves in position for a spot in the A-10 Tournament.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Richmond 67, George Washington 61
02/27 10:38:12 ET
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