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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 16, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Charles E. Smith Center (4,338) -- Washington, D.C. Television: CSN-PHI MA. Home Record: Temple 7-1, George Washington 4-3. Away Record: Temple 3-2, George Washington 2-5. Neutral Record: Temple 1-1, George Washington 1-0. Conference Record: Temple 1-1, George Washington 1-1. Series Record: Temple leads, 51-16.
GAME NOTES: The Temple Owls hit the road for Atlantic-10 action on Wednesday, as they take on the George Washington Colonials at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Fran Dunphy's Owls ended a brief two-game slide with last weekend's 64-54 win over Saint Louis. With the victory, Temple moved to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play following a 57-52 loss to Xavier in the team's A-10 opener on Jan. 10.
Mike Lonergan's second season at George Washington has certainly had its challenges, as the Colonials come in one game under .500 at 7-8. GW did open league play with a win, blasting St. Bonaventure, 78-59, but that was followed by a humbling 71-56 loss at Xavier to arrive at 1-1 in-conference.
Temple has dominated this series to date, holding a 51-16 advantage all-time. The Owls bring a five-game win streak in the series into this contest, and are an impressive 22-5 in this series in the nation's capital.
The Owls shot a sterling 54.2 percent from the floor in the first half against Saint Louis to take an eight-point lead into intermission and were able to hold the Billikens at bay the rest of the way to earn their first league win of the season. Khalif Wyatt was masterful again, converting 7-of-11 shots from the floor to tally a game-high 24 points. Anthony Lee provided more than enough frontcourt balance, recording a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Temple isn't an offensive juggernaut by any stretch, averaging a modest 69.1 ppg on just .406 shooting. However, Wyatt has been on fire over the last few games, upping his scoring average to 16.0 ppg. Lee (12.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Scootie Randall (11.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg) provide some scoring depth, while giving the team a solid 1-2 punch on the boards. Despite the mild scoring totals, Temple does enjoy a +5.7 scoring margin, thanks to steady defensive play. Opponents are netting just 63.4 ppg while Temple forced 14.3 turnovers per contest.
Although Temple doesn't usually light up the scoreboard, George Washington isn't in a position to take advantage, as the Colonials are even more subdued at that end of the floor, averaging 64.9 ppg. The team has really struggled to find its range, hitting on just .288 from behind the arc. Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood is the team's top player, shooting an impressive .529 from the field overall and pacing George Washington in scoring (12.2 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg) and blocked shots (46). His shot-blocking prowess (3.1 per game) ranks ninth nationally. The problem for GW is a lack of scoring depth behind Armwood. Senior Lasan Kromah and freshman Patricio Garino are just under 10 points per game at 9.9 and 9.7 ppg, respectively.
The Colonials really struggled shooting the ball against Xavier, converting just .386 from the floor, including a 4-of-13 effort from 3-point range. Kromah was the only player to notch double digits in the loss, finishing with 12 points off the bench. Garino added nine points in the loss.
Temple has won 25 of its last 29 league bouts and should be able to add to the win total in this one. Wyatt is playing at another level right now and isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Temple 68, George Washington 57
01/16 10:44:58 ET
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