War at the Shore, as Colonials and Rams meet for A-10 title
Atlantic City, NJ (Sports Network) – Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City is the
site of tonight’s Atlantic 10 Tournament title game between the third-seeded
George Washington Colonials and the fourth-seeded Rhode Island Rams.
In the quarterfinal round on Thursday, Rhode Island posted a hard-fought 73-69
decision over Fordham. The Rams followed that effort with a 79-71 decision over
top-seeded Xavier yesterday, and they hope to win just their second A-10
Tournament title. Their first and only crown was captured in 1999.
As for George Washington, it knocked off Saint Joseph’s in the quarterfinals by
a 58-48 final, and then crushed Saint Louis yesterday by a 60-40 margin. The
Colonials won this event two years ago and have the talent in place to do it
George Washington posted an 82-78 decision over Rhode Island back in January,
and the Colonials own a 24-21 edge in the all-time series.
Through 32 games, Will Daniels leads Rhode Island with 17.1 ppg on the strength
of his 42.1 percent shooting from the floor. Jimmy Baron adds 14.7 ppg on 48.2
percent accuracy from behind the arc, and Kahiem Seawright contributes 11.4 ppg
and 7.5 rpg. Seawright and Jim Baron scored 17 points apiece in the win over
Xavier yesterday, and Parfait Bitee checked in with 11 points Lamonte Ulmer had
10 points for Rhode Island, which shot 50 percent from the floor and earned a
17-10 edge in points from the foul line. A 40-34 rebounding advantage also
helped the cause for the Rams, who got only nine points from Daniels.
George Washington has clearly peaked at the perfect time, as the team has won
its last seven games. Maureece Rice was outstanding in yesterday’s victory over
Saint Louis, as he poured in 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor. Carl
Elliott tallied 11 points for the Colonials, who turned the ball over only
eight times and limited Saint Louis to 32.6 percent shooting from the floor.
Rice is averaging 16.3 ppg this season, and Elliott checks in with 13.0 ppg.
Much more than just a score, Elliott pulls down 5.1 rpg, dished out 5.0 apg and
manages 2.6 spg as well. As for Rob Diggs, he adds 11.0 ppg to the lineup to go
along with 60 blocked shots.