George Washington-Saint Louis men's basketball preview

Freshman Lasan Kromah is the Colonials' top outside shooter.
Freshman Lasan Kromah is the Colonials' top outside shooter. (Richard A. Lipski/the Washington Post)
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Smith Center.

Radio: WZAA (1050 AM).

Records: Colonials 11-7, 1-4 Atlantic 10; Billikens 12-6, 3-1.

Offensive funk: The common theme in GW's four consecutive losses is lack of scoring. The Colonials have failed to break the 70-point plateau since beating St. Bonaventure, 78-71, on Jan. 6. Since then, they are averaging 60.3 points per game and were held to a season-low 51 points in their loss to Dayton on Jan. 20. On the bright side only Xavier, which finished with 76 points, has scored more than 66 during the Colonials' skid. On the not-so-bright side, Saint Louis ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense (58.2 points per game).

Long-range gloom: The Colonials are struggling to score points everywhere on the court, but the most glaring spot is behind the arc. GW is 12 of 55 (22 percent) from three-point range in its last four games. Without a perimeter scoring threat, opponents are packing their defenses around the basket, making it more of a challenge for the Colonials to score in the lane. Lasan Kromah is GW's top outside shooter, but like most freshmen, he's had his ups and downs this season. Kromah is in a bit of a slump right now, going 4 of 13 from long range in the past four games. He hasn't made more than one three-pointer in a game since the win at St. Bonaventure, but leads the team with 30 three-pointers.

Hollis hurting: Forward Damian Hollis, the team's lone senior starter, was limited to 17 minutes against Richmond on Saturday because of what Coach Karl Hobbs termed a "bruised rib cage." Hollis is the team's leading scorer at 14.7 points per game.

-- Kathy Orton

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