Hampton (3-1) at George Washington (2-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 23rd, 8:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Charles E. Smith Athletic Center (5,000) -- Washington, D.C.. Television: None. Home Record: Hampton 0-0, George Washington 1-0. Away Record: Hampton 1-1, George Washington 0-0. Neutral Record: Hampton 2-0, George Washington 1-1. Conference Record: Hampton 0-0, George Washington 0-0. Series Record: George Washington leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Two teams coming off narrow victories meet this evening in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off, as the George Washington Colonials host the Hampton Pirates at the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center.
Hampton's victory came against Boston, and while the Terriers fought to the end, the Pirates were able to sneak away with the one-point win. It was the third straight win for Hampton, which opened the year with a 63-56 setback. After this contest, the Pirates will battle High Point on the road.
As for the Colonials, they trailed most of the second half against Nevada, but regained the lead in the final minutes of regulation and held on for the, 58-56 victory. It was the second straight win for George Washington, which began its season with a 76-67 setback to Boston.
The Colonials won the only other meeting against Hampton, as they defeated the Pirates, 80-73, back in 1995.
It wasn't pretty, but the Pirates were able to do just enough to slip past Boston by a 51-50 margin. Hampton shot a pedestrian 39.6 percent from the field, and also struggled from long range, netting just three of its 17 three- point attempts. However, the team was able to overcome its weak shooting performance and its 17 turnovers to claim its third straight win. Darrion Pellum, who is leading the team with 15.8 ppg, led the way with 19 points, while Charles Funches tallied 14 points, to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. Funches has been the robin to Pellum's batman, as the forward is averaging 11.8 ppg, while also pulling down a team-best 7.0 rpg.
Just like their counterpart, the Colonials managed to collect a slim victory despite putting forth a poor offensive showing. George Washington shot just 35.1 percent in the win over Nevada, and made only 12-of-21 attempts from the foul line. Tony Taylor led the way with 14 points and also dished out six assists, while Joseph Katuka added a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Both Taylor and Katuka have been the main scoring options for GW, as Taylor is leading the way with 18.3 ppg, while Katuka comes into this matchup with 12.7 ppg and a team-best 6.3 rpg.
The way Hampton and George Washington performed offensively on Monday will not win a team many games, so look for both squads to put forth a better performance at that end of the floor. Both teams are evenly matched, but since the Colonials are home, they should have a slight edge.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: George Washington 67, Hampton 64
11/23 10:53:26 ET