It has been nearly a month since George Washington won a game. But after seven consecutive losses, the Colonials have come closer to posting wins in their last two games. A five-point setback at Duquesne and a four-point defeat at St. Louis left them believing they are about to turn the corner.
“We played two very close games that came down to the last possession,” GW Coach Karl Hobbs said earlier this week. “Now we have to learn how to finish off games. Hopefully, we’ll start doing that.”
On Wednesday, GW (6-9, 0-3 Atlantic 10) returns to Smith Center to play Dayton (16-2, 2-1) in a 7:30 p.m. game. Ironically, it was the Flyers who last year ended the Colonials’ seven-game skid. After beating Dayton, GW won three of its next four games.
The Colonials, who have played seven of their last eight games away from Smith Center, are eager to be back at home where they are 4-1 this season. They hope to have second-leading scorer Damian Hollis back in the lineup. Hollis sat out the St. Louis game after being diagnosed with a concussion following the Jan. 14 Duquesne game. He remains listed as day-to-day. If Hollis is unable to play, junior forward Hermann Opoku (3.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg) will likely take his place in the starting lineup.
Wynton Witherspoon, who has made back-to-back starts for the first time since he started the first four games of the season, has come on strong lately. The 6-foot-7 senior forward is averaging 14.3 points on 56 percent shooting (18 of 32) in the past three games.
January 22, 2009; 6:09 AM ET
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