GW hoops prepped for road fight at Notre Dame

GW hoops prepped for road fight at Notre Dame
November 21, 2012, 11:45 am
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The matchup: George Washington (1-1) takes to the road for a second straight road game. This one involves a rise in competition and the first ever meeting with Notre Dame (3-1). The two sides, led by coaching friends, square off Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in South Bend.

Last time out: Rebounding from a season-opening home loss to Youngstown State, GW downed Boston University 72-59 on Saturday behind freshman guard Joe McDonald and defensive leader Isaiah Armwood. The Colonials led the Terriers by a solid margin throughout as McDonald, the reigning co-Atlantic 10 Rookie of the week,  tallied 21 points and seven rebounds while Armwood controlled the paint. The energy big man and former Villanova transfer finished with 12 rebounds and eight blocks. GW shot 52.2 percent (24 of 36) from the floor while holding Boston to 32.4 percent (22-68).

The coaches: The friendship between George Washington's Mike Lonergan and Notre Dame's Mike Brey, a former George Washington basketball star and D.C. area native, dates back to their high school playing days for Archbishop Carroll and DeMatha respectively. While Lonergan continues sifting through his roster - a deeper one than last year thanks to an impressive freshmen class led by McDonald and swingman Patricio Garino - for a steady rotation, Brey typically plays iron man ball seven players.

The foe: Notre Dame fell out of the Top 25 this week after a 79-70 overtime loss to Saint Joseph's, but came back the next night for a 10-point win over Brigham Young on Saturday. Bruising big man Jack Cooley is a double-double force, averaging 17 points and 11.8 rebounds. Bowie native Jerian Grant (11.3 ppg) and Columbia's Eric Atkins (45 percent on 3-pointers) provide the perimeter help.