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Looking ahead: Two road games in five days for Flyers

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Kyle Davis against Fordham on Sunday. David Jablonski/Staff


 

The last time I had a Washington, D.C., dateline, I was a summer intern with the Scripps Howard News Service and writing about Wally Sczcerbiak at the 1999 NBA draft and Mia Hamm and the U.S. women’s World Cup team visiting the White House.

Today I return for what should be another exciting A-10 game. There have been a bunch of those lately.

Since Jan. 28, eight of the 14 A-10 games have been decided by seven points or less. On Wednesday, all three underdogs had chances until the final five minutes, but only St. Bonaventure pulled off the upset, beating Davidson at Davidson 62-61 on a last-second shot. VCU and UMass held off George Mason and Fordham, respectively.

The Flyers face George Washington (ESPN2) at 7 p.m. tonight, needing a quality road win to add to their NCAA resume. Their best road victory — not counting those on a neutral court against Texas A&M and Boston College in Puerto Rico — is against St. Bonaventure, which is ranked 132nd in the RPI.

“You’re playing against, in most cases, more confident teams at home,” coach Archie Miller said. “You’re not going to get the same whistle. You’ve got the crowd, the travel. To win on the road, you have to be able to duplicate what you do every day in practice and on your home floor.

“It’s the most challenging thing to do. It’s also the greatest feeling in the world winning on the road. We’ve had some success. We haven’t played as well of late on the road, but our guys know how to do it. We’re going to have to find ways as the season progresses to get a couple.”

After a strong start, GW has lost two straight, but it’s 9-0 at home.

From the Washington Post:

George Washington’s recent issues have been more about a lack of focus than a lack of effort. Lonergan said he’s been “really disappointed” by his team’s defensive lapses and poor rebounding of late. The turnovers have only made matters worse.

Against Rhode Island, the Colonials had a five-point lead with a little more than five minutes remaining when freshman Jared Terrell easily stripped Patricio Garino at the top of the arc and coasted downcourt for a dunk. Garino had six turnovers in the game and McDonald had five. George Washington finished with 21 giveaways overall, making it their sloppiest game of the season.

The influx of turnovers is not a recent development, however. In nine conference games, the Colonials have averaged 13.7 turnovers. Stretch that over the course of the season and it’d rank 252nd out of 345 Division I teams.

On Tuesday, Dayton plays at Saint Louis, which beat St. Joseph’s 68-61 in overtime Tuesday to end a four-game losing streak.

From the Post-Dispatch:

The Billikens were outrebounded 38-32 and the Hawks scored 11 second-chance points. But SLU limited its turnovers to 11 while St. Joseph’s had 17. The Hawks also struggled to convert their best shots and were credited with about a dozen misses near the rim.

The win came as a relief to the Billikens, who had lost eight of their previous nine games and were nearing the bottom of the A-10 standings with a trip to last-place Fordham on the horizon.

“It’s a big relief,” Yacoubou said, “but we’re not satisfied.”

 


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