Manhattan (2-3) vs. George Washington (3-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 2, 12:15 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Verizon Center (20,282) -- Washington, D.C. Television: FSN, MASN. Home Record: Manhattan 1-0, George Washington 1-2. Away Record: Manhattan 1-3, George Washington 2-1. Neutral Record: Manhattan 0-0, George Washington 0-0. Conference Record: Manhattan 0-0, George Washington 0-0. Series Record: Series tied, 2-2.
GAME NOTES: The George Washington Colonials again shoot for back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they challenge the Manhattan Jaspers as part of the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center on Sunday.
The Colonials are currently an even 3-3 on the campaign but have failed to show any consistency from one game to the next, alternating wins and losses to this point. The team's most recent outing was on Wednesday against James Madison where the squad slipped by with a 54-53 victory.
As for the Jaspers, they too have been unable to deliver consecutive wins to this point, but can make it happen with a win today. Since losing two straight to open the campaign, Manhattan has won two of the last three, including a 65-58 triumph over Fordham during the 105th "Battle of the Bronx" on Thursday.
The series between the teams is tied at two games apiece, with George Washington winning the most recent matchup, 64-59, during the 2000-01 campaign.
The Colonials, along with Maryland, have taken part in this event each year since it began in 1995, winning the title when it was still a tournament in 1997, 1999 and 2004.
Scoring 12 points in the second half, Michael Alvarado finished with 19 for the Jaspers as they took out Fordham at Rose Hill Gym on Thursday. Also having a strong game for Manhattan, which has now defeated the Rams in nine of the last 12 matchups, was Donovan Kates who dropped in a season-best 15 points, while George Beamon contributed with 10 points and seven rebounds. Beamon, who came up with only about half of his scoring average, is still leading the program with his 19.3 ppg, shooting 54.3 percent from the floor in the process. Alvarado (11.6 ppg) has been solid on the perimeter in the early going with his 54.5 percent accuracy, yet as a team the Jaspers are making just over five 3-pointers per outing which is one of the reasons why the group is scoring only 57.2 ppg.
In a game that saw seven ties and 11 lead changes, George Washington had to hold on down the stretch in order to pull out the one-point win on the road in Harrisonburg. Kevin Larsen and Joe McDonald both accounted for 12 points for the visitors, the former adding a game-high nine rebounds, while Lasan Kromah contributed with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds. The Colonials picked up the win despite turning the ball over 16 times and shooting just 3- of-10 behind the 3-point line. Like Manhattan, the Colonials are not a high- scoring program by any means, averaging just 63.8 ppg, but at least the squad is outscoring the competition ever so slightly by 0.8 ppg. Kromah is responsible for 10.8 ppg as a 59.2 percent shooter from the floor, trailing only Isaiah Armwood (11.5 ppg) in the scoring column.
Expect a low-scoring affair on Sunday, one that could easily be decided by one or two key plays. Expect Beamon to have something to say with how the meeting turns out for the Jaspers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Manhattan 61, George Washington 57
12/02 10:35:01 ET