Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GW worried about game plan, not Temple

It’s not about Temple.

GW worried about game plan, not Temple

It’s not about Temple.

At least, that’s how George Washington coach Mike Lonergan feels.

“Well, we are struggling right now," said Lonergan, whose squad faces the Owls in Wednesday's Atlantic Ten game at the Liacouras Center. "We are really worried more about our game plan for us.

"We know that Temple is a great team with a great coach [Fran Dunphy]. And we’re just hoping to  …  figure out the best lineup to put out there to give us a chance to win.”

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A victory over the Owls (17-5, 6-2 A-10) is highly unlikely.

George Washington (8-15, 3-6) has lost four straight games and 14 of 18.

The Colonials rank last in the conference in three-pointers made (4.5 per game) and three-point defense (36.5 percent).  They also rank next to last in the conference in scoring (62.2 points per game) and free throw percentage (65.8).

To make matters worse, Temple owns a 50-16 all-time series advantage against George Washington.

“I have great respect for them,” said Lonergan, whose squad has lost four straight to Temple. “I know they are very good. Our problems really lie with our own team.”

 Here’s a glimpse at the projected starters and coaches’ information:

TEMPLE (17-5, 6-2 A-10)
32 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F  6-6 Jr. 8.9 ppg. 6.4 rpg.
50 Micheal Eric F 6-11 Gr. 7.2 ppg. 2 bpg.
4 Juan Fernandez G 6-4 Sr. 11.5 ppg. 4 apg.
1 Khalif Wyatt G 6-4 Jr. 16.4 ppg. 2.2 spg.
10 Ramon Moore G 6-4 Sr. 18 ppg. 3.2 apg.

GEORGE WASHINGTON (8-15, 3-6)
00 Dwayne Smith F 6-6 Jr. 4.9 ppg. 3.6 rpg.
30 Nemanja Mikic F 6-8 So. 8.6 ppg. 2.7 rpg
3  Bryan Bynes G 6-3 Jr. 4.4 ppg. 1.8 rpg.
5  Tony Taylor G 6-1 Sr. 14.1 ppg. 4.3 rpg
20 Lasan Kromoh G 6-5 Jr. 10.6 ppg. 5.8 rpg.

 Coaches 

  TEMPLE 

 Fran Dunphy (437-225 career record)

 GEORGE WASHINGTON

 Mike Lonergan (385-171)

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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