Damian Hollis sensed during pre-game warm-ups that George Washington was in for a long night, and was he right. In their 60-48 loss to Richmond on Saturday night, the Colonials scored just 14 points in the first half. Their top two scorers, Hollis and Rob Diggs, combined for a single point before halftime.
“We just couldn’t score. Shots wouldn’t fall. I blame that on our warm-up,” Hollis said. “I feel like our warm-up wasn’t as good and as crisp as it should have been. That’s why our shots weren’t falling. We weren’t mentally prepared for the game.”
Though GW outscored Richmond, 34-26, in the second half, the Colonials (6-7, 0-1) weren’t able to overcome their 20-point halftime deficit. Hollis denied the team’s early sluggishness had anything to do with the four-game losing streak GW carried into the game.
“We sort of leave that in the past, 2008,” Hollis said. “We just try to come in and work hard. We look at [the Atlantic 10 season] as our new season. . . . We were just going out, 0-0. Wipe the slate clean.
“We were working extremely hard this week. We just didn’t anticipate their adjustments.”
According to Hollis, he and his teammates were caught off guard by the wrinkles Richmond (9-6, 1-0) added to its usual defense. It took them almost the entire first half to figure it out.
“We were well prepared for it,” Hollis said. “We knew they were going to play us [a zone defense], but the adjustments that they made, that’s what kind of confused us.”
Hollis added that although the players are discouraged by the losses that keep piling up, they are encouraged by their comeback in the second half.
“We do [feel down] but we definitely can build on some stuff,” Hollis said. “We have to read the defense as coach says. We have to do that a lot better. And I feel like our offense will be able to come. Our defense was, I felt, pretty good. They didn’t score their average.”
January 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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