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George Washington Colonials
George Washington Colonials
School Name: George Washington University
Location: Washington, DC
Arena: Charles E. Smith Center
Capacity: 5,000
Conference: Atlantic 10
Head coach: Karl Hobbs

The George Washington Colonials Basketball team represents The George Washington University in Washington, DC. It plays its home games in the Charles E. Smith Center, which is also shared with other George Washington Colonials athletic programs. The school's team currently competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference. It last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2007. The Colonials are currently coached by Karl Hobbs.


George Washington University

The colors of GW, buff and blue, can be seen on banners on the Foggy Bottom campus.

Mike Jarvis coached GW in the 1990s, and led the team to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1993, where they were beaten by the Fab Five University of Michigan team (which later vacated its wins due to NCAA rule violations). Jarvis also coached current Colonials Head Coach Karl Hobbs in high school. Former NBA player Yinka Dare also played at George Washington for two years before being drafted in the first round by the New Jersey Nets.

GW's basketball team returned to the national stage in 2004 after defeating No. 9 Michigan State and No. 12 Maryland in back to back games to win the 2004 BB&T Classic. That year, the men's basketball team went on to win the Atlantic 10 West Title and the Atlantic 10 Tournament Title (earning an automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The team received a #12 seed, losing to #5 seed Georgia Tech in the first round.

The team began the 2005–06 season ranked 21st in the Associated Press poll, reaching as high as sixth in the polls, and after some tournament success they closed out the year ranked 19th in the nation. They had a record of 26-2 going into the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The 2005-06 team achieved the school's highest ranking in the last 50 years, peaking at #6 in the nation,[1] had been one of the team's best ever, and received an #8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In the tournament, they came back from an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat #9 seed UNC-Wilmington, but lost to Duke University, the top overall seed, in the second round.

While only one Colonial from the 2005-06 team was drafted in the 2006 NBA Draft, J. R. Pinnock, two other Colonials from that team have played in the NBA. Pops Mensah-Bonsu played for the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and currently plays for the Toronto Raptors and Mike Hall played for the Washington Wizards.

The 2006-07 basketball season was considered by many[2][3] to be a rebuilding year for the Colonials after graduating their entire starting front court and losing Pinnock to the NBA. Coach Karl Hobbs and Senior guard Carl Elliott managed to lead the team to a 23-8 record, winning the 2007 Atlantic 10 Tournament in Atlantic City, NJ (once again earning an auto-bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. The Colonials were placed as a #11 seed lost to #6 seed Vanderbilt University in Sacramento, CA 77-44.[4]

Hobbs, a former player and coach under Jim Calhoun at the University of Connecticut is in his tenth year as head coach. Known for his animated sideline personality[5][6] Hobbs has been considered one of the up-and-coming coaches in the NCAA.[7][8][9]

NCAA tournament results Edit

The Colonials have appeared in ten NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 4-10.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result Score
2007 11 - East Region First Round #6 Vanderbilt L 77-44
2006 8 - Atlanta Regional First Round #9 UNC-Wilmington W 88-85 (OT)
Second Round #1 Duke L 74-61
2005 12 - Albuquerque Regional First Round #5 Georgia Tech L 80-68
1999 11 - South Region First Round #6 Indiana L 108-88
1998 9 - South Region First Round #8 Oklahoma State L 74-59
1996 11 - West Region First Round #6 Iowa L 81-79
1994 10 - East Region First Round #7 UAB W 51-46
Second Round #2 Connecticut L 75-63
1993 12 - West Region First Round #5 New Mexico W 82-68
Second Round #13 Southern W 90-80
Sweet 16 #1 Michigan L 72-64
1961 East Region First Round Princeton L 84-67
1954 East Region First Round North Carolina State L 75-73

Coaches Edit

The Colonials have had 27 coaches in its 102-year history including two seasons with two head coaches.

Overall Conference
Name Years Won-Lost Pct. Won-Lost Pct. Note
J. Kramer 1907-08 7-12 .368
No Varsity 1909-12
Slitz Schlosser 1913-14 4-17 .190
Nathan Dougherty 1914-15 5-9 .357
George Colliflower 1916-17 9-18 .333
Goesbeck & Murphy 1917-18 5-6 .455
No Varsity (WWI) 1919-20
Brian Morse 1921-23 16-27 .372
Jack Dailey 1924-25 8-14 .364
James Lemon 1926-27 12-16 .429
Maud Crum 1928-29 13-14 .481
Joe Mitchell 1929-30 9-7 .563
Jim Pixlee 1931-32 22-9 .710
Ted O'Leary 1933-34 26-9 .743
Jim Pixlee & Logan Wilson 1934-35 14-6 .700
William Reinhart 1936-42, 1950–66 319-237 .574 Southern Conference Tournament Champions 1954, 1961; NCAA Tournament 1954, 1961
Arthur "Otts" Zahn 1942-43, 1946–47 45-21 .682 No Varsity 1944-45 (World War II), Southern Conference Tournament Champion 1943
George Garber 1948-49 37-15 .712
Babe McCarthy 1966-67 6-18 .250
Wayne Dobbs 1968-70 31-45 .408
Carl Slone 1971-74 54-48 .529
Bob Tallent 1975-81 102-84 .548
Gerry Gimelstob 1982-85 58-55 .513 31-33 .484 1981-82 Season in Eastern Eight Conference, 1982-85 Atlantic 10
John Kuester 1986-90 50-91 .355 20-52 .278
Mike Jarvis 1991-98 152-90 .628 76-52 .594 NCAA Tournament '93 (GW's only Sweet 16 Appearance in program history), '94, '96, '98; NIT '91, '95, '97
Tom Penders 1999–2001 49-42 .538 28-20 .583 NCAA Tournament '99
Karl Hobbs 2001–Present 149-115 .564 74-70 .514 NCAA Tournament '05, '06, '07; NIT '04; CBI '10; Atlantic 10 Tournament Champions '05, '07; Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champions '06; National Coach of the Year Finalist 2005-06

Significant Games in Colonials Men's Basketball History Edit

GW 97, No. 5 West Virginia 93 – February 17, 1960
After falling to the Mountaineers earlier in the season, an announced crowd of 6,400 watched the Colonials host Jerry West and the nation’s fifth-ranked basketball team. Despite giving up 40 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists to West, GW Athletic Hall of Famer Jon Feldman exploded for a career-high 42 points on 17-25 shooting to stun West Virginia.[10]

GW 111, No. 12 Syracuse 104 (OT) – November 16, 1994
The Colonials were invited to participate in the pre-season NIT at Manley Field House at Syracuse, and though they gave up a last-second three-pointer to allow the Orangemen to send the game to overtime, the Colonials controlled the extra period to secure the win on national television.[11]

GW 78, No. 1 UMass 75 – February 4, 1995
President Bill Clinton joined the Colonials at Charles E. Smith Center when John Calipari and the top-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen came to Washington. Kwame Evans scored 27 points, including his 1,000th and fans rushed the court as the Colonials scored their first-ever upset of a number one team.[12]

GW 77, Xavier 74 – February 27, 1999
With the Atlantic 10 West Division Title on the line in the final game of the regular season, the Colonials hosted the Xavier Musketeers. Seniors Shawnta Rogers and Yegor Mescheriakov were playing their final home games. Despite missing a game-winning three with five seconds left Rogers received a pass following a Mike King rebound and broke the 74-74 tie as time expired to win the game and the division. The Colonials would later receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament under first-year coach Tom Penders.[13]

GW 96, No. 11 Michigan State 83 – December 4, 2004
GW 101, No. 12 Maryland 92 – December 5, 2004
In the 2004 BB&T Championship, the Colonials upset ranked teams on two consecutive days, winning each by at least 9 points. Karl Hobbs guided his team to wins over the Michigan State Spartans and Maryland Terrapins. Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 23 points in the first game and T.J. Thompson poured in 27 against the Terrapins for the Colonials. The next week, the Colonials entered both national polls for the first time in six years.[14]

GW 76, Saint Joseph’s 67 – March 12, 2005
The Colonials clinched their first-ever Atlantic 10 Tournament title in 2005 behind 20 points from Omar Williams. The Colonials were given a 12th seed and faced Georgia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.[15]

No. 6 GW 86, Charlotte 85 (OT) – March 4, 2006
The sixth-ranked Colonials secured a perfect Atlantic 10 record and Charles E. Smith Center record when Carl Elliott tipped-in an errant Noel Wilmore three-point shot to finish a 26-1 regular season, solidifying the nation’s best record, and the best regular season record in Colonials history.[16]

(8) GW 88, (9) UNC-Wilmington 85 (OT) – March 16, 2006 After drawing a surprising 8-seed following its 26-1 regular season campaign and reaching as high as 6th in the nation, the Colonials were sent to take on UNC-Wilmington in nearby Greensboro, North Carolina. Pops Mensah-Bonsu returned from a meniscus injury and helped the Colonials overcome a 18-point second half deficit to take on top-seeded Duke in the second round of the 2006 tournament.[17]


GW 78, Rhode Island 69 – March 10, 2007
The Colonials controlled the entire second half in winning their second Atlantic 10 Tournament championship in school history (and second in three years), giving the Colonials their third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and first time in school history with three consecutive 20-win seasons. The Colonials drew an 11th seed and travelled to Sacramento to play 6th-seeded Vanderbilt.[18]

GW 49, Saint Louis 20 - January 10, 2008
The Colonials held the Saint Louis Billikens to just 20 points for the entire game, which set the record for the lowest point total since the inception of the shot clock in Division I College Basketball. Saint Louis was held to 14.6% shooting for the game, and made only one of nineteen three-point attempts. They had seven points in the first half.[19]

Colonials in the NBA Edit

Other Colonials of note Edit

References Edit

  1. Streaking Colonials seek 11th straight win, host Dayton - NCAA Basketball - Yahoo! Sports
  2. Express: A Publication of The Washington Post
  3. - Game Day Report: Vanderbilt vs. George Washington
  4. FOX Sports on MSN - College Basketball - Recap
  5. " - Scenes from the District - Feb 14, 2006". CNN. 2006-02-14. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  6. ESPN - George Washington's overtime win icing on the cake - Men's College Basketball
  7. George Washington Men's Basketball
  8. Karl Hobbs Selected as Assistant Coach for USA Basketball :: Colonials' Coach To Join DePaul's Wainwright, Drexel's Flint
  9. "Notes, Quotes". USA Today. 2003-11-25. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  10. West Virginia at George Washington
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  12. Colonials knock off UMass - Baltimore Sun
  13. GW topples Xavier, takes A-10 West title - Sports
  14. GW Men's Basketball Back in the Top 25 After Six-Year Absence: No. 21 AP; No. 25 USA Today/Coaches Poll - GEORGE WASHINGTON OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
  15. Colonials Win First-Ever A-10 Tournament Title, Defeating Saint Joseph's 76-67 - GEORGE WASHINGTON OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
  16. Colonials Hold Off 49ers In Overtime, 86-85
  17. George Washington Advances Past UNC Wilmington In OT, 88-85 - GEORGE WASHINGTON OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
  18. George Washington Wins A-10 Championship With 78-69 Decision Over URI - GEORGE WASHINGTON OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
  19. Colonials Roll All Over St. Louis, 49-20 - GEORGE WASHINGTON OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
  20. Pops Mensah-Bonsu NBA & ABA Statistics |
  21. Mike Hall NBA Statistics
  22. Yinka Dare NBA & ABA Statistics |
  23. Mike Brown NBA & ABA Statistics |
  24. Joe Holup NBA & ABA Statistics |
  25. Corky Devlin NBA & ABA Statistics |

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