La Salle Shuts Down Colonials in 80-58 Road Win
Paul Johnson of La Salle goes for a rebound over GW's Damian Hollis. The Explorers of La Salle University dominated over the Colonials of George Washington University 80-58 at the Smith Center in Washington D.C. Yuchen Nie/DC Sports Box
Coming in off a 6 game losing streak, 2 in a row at home, the George Washington Colonials fell short to the La Salle Explorers in Wednesday night’s Atlantic 10 conference game at the Smith Center 80-58.

The Colonials were missing way more shots than they were making shooting a meek 21.9% from the floor only making 7 of 32 attempted field goals.  It was like someone put a lid over the rim and sat off to the side and laughed at every effort GWU made.  Only one three point shot was made by Cheyenne Moore at 1:12 out of all 14 attempts averaging out at 8.3% compare that to La Salle’s 59.1% field goal percentage and their 60% three point percentage.
 
“I think we came out flat,” said Colonials Head Coach Karl Hobbs.  “We could never develop any rhythm after that.”

La Salle started off on an incredible 11-0 run that ended at 15:27 with the Colonials missing all of their first six shots.

Last week’s Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, junior Rob Diggs, missed every shot he attempted in the first half.  He only got off three 2 point attempts and 1 three pointer due to the great double coverage zone from La Salle’s twins Jerrell and Terrell Williams on defense inside on the Colonials player.  

Diggs had two 20 point games in a row, walking away with a double-double against Saint Joseph’s.

“We’ve been on our guys a lot about post defense in general,” said Dr. John Giannini, head coach for the Explorers.

Colonials’ Cheyenne Moore immediately landed himself in foul trouble committing two fouls by 14:16 earning him a seat on the bench for a good portion of the first half.

Sluggish on defense and rushing every single play on their own end of the court, minus one, GWU saw no way out of the 20 point hole they had dug themselves into in the first half.  

Diggs came out looking way more energetic connecting with the slam dunk to start off the second half for the Colonials and for a mere second you could see some spark in GWU’s players.

Damian Hollis stepped up his game scoring most of his team high 14 points in the second half with Diggs scoring all 13 of his points in the last 20 minutes.

The Colonials shooting average would sky rocket to 60.0% field goal range and to 80.0% for three pointers but the spark would not last long as the Explorers would continue their walk all over the Colonials extending their lead to 23 at one point.

“We played great,” said Giannini, “you never expect to win comfortably at GWU.”

Darnell Harris of La Salle sunk his 300th career 3 pointer during the game.  Harris was the leading scorer for the Explorer’s raking in 20 points.

“When you got a guy like Harris,” Giannini added, “you automatically become a better coach.”

GWU allowed La Salle to pull in 21 defensive rebounds of their total 30 for the night showing their lack of energy on both sides of the court.

“Yeah, you would have to call this a set back,” said Coach Hobbs, “from the standpoint that the boys just looked tired.”  

Hollis agreed with his coach claiming that the frustration and tiredness just sunk in to the guys tonight after playing their hearts out during the 7 point loss at Temple on Sunday.

This game marks the first time that the Explorers have ever won at the Smith Center and an unheard of third loss in a row for the Colonials on their home court.  GWU has not lost this many games in a row at home since the 2002-2003 season when the lost four at home to Old Dominion, Dayton, Massachusetts, and Xavier.

“We just didn’t bring a lot of emotion to the game tonight,” said Hobbs.  “We just have to get better game by game.”

The Explorers now advance to 9-12, 4-4 for the season while the Colonials remain with only 5 wins under their belt for the season and next to last in Atlantic 10 Conference play.