McDonald 'doubtful' as streaking GW faces Dayton

McDonald 'doubtful' as streaking GW faces Dayton
February 1, 2014, 12:15 am
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George Washington Colonials guard Joe McDonald (22) celebrates with forward Nemanja Mikic (30) after making a shot to tie the game against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half at Titan Gym.

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Matchup: George Washington Colonials (17-3; 5-1 Atlantic 10) at Dayton Flyers (11-8, 3-2)

When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Where: UD Arena

Broadcast: TV - NBC Sports Network; Radio - 1500 AM.

Last time out: GW pulled away with an 18-0 run later in the first half and Isaiah Armwood finished with 16 points while matching his career-high 14 rebounds for a 69-47 win over La Salle. The Colonials, who have yet to crack the AP top-25 rankings this season,  held the Explorers to 27 percent shooting from the field while making over of their own shots en route to their fifth straight win.

KenPom: George Washington 35, Dayton 75

RPI: George Washington 30, Dayton 77

Coaches: George Washington - Mike Lonergan; Dayton - Archie Miller

Leaders: GW - Scoring (Maurice Creek, 14.4), Rebounding (Isaiah Armwood, 8.2, Assists (Joe McDonald, 4.1)

Who's on point: Sophomore point guard Joe McDonald is considered "doubtful" for Saturday's game, the program announced. McDonald, listed as "day-to-day, stayed behind to receive additional treatment and did not travel with the team. We looked at the impact of potentially playing without McDonald earlier this week. Against La Salle, the Lorton native landed hard on hip after being fouled on a layup attempt and played only 13 minutes. As for Saturday, freshman Miguel Cartagena will either start or at least receive increased minutes at point guard. Against La Salle, Lonergan largely went with a bigger, more experienced lineup, with senior forward Nemanja Mikic plus guards Maurice Creek and Patricio Garino manning the perimeter in the Colonials increasingly effective 1-3-1 zone.

Shot makers: The matchup pits the top two field goal percentage teams in the A-10 with Dayton leading all at 47.5 percent. GW center Kevin Larsen (56.2 %) is shooting 71 percent (34 of 48) over the last five games while averaging 16.6 points.

Recent history: Needing a win to reach the Atlantic 10 tournament last season, GW rallied for an 81-80 victory over Dayton with Armwood's tip dunk with 2.4 seconds left. That game was at the Smith Center. The Colonials have not won in Dayton since 2005.

Dayton: The non-conference portion of the schedule was very, very good for the Flyers. We're talking a 12-3 record including wins over Gonzaga, California and Georgia Tech. Then came A-10 games, and then came the losses. Dayton has dropped four straight, three by at least nine points each and 60-57 to Saint Joseph's on Wednesday.

Senior forward Devin Oliver leads the Flyers with 12.2 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from the field.