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Temple-George Washington preview


No. 5 George Washington (22-12) at  No. 1 Temple (24-10).

When/Where: Sunday 11 a.m. Liacouras Center.

TV/Radio: ESPN/WPHT-1210 AM.

Coaches: George Washington, Mike Lonergan (22nd year, 446-215; 4th season at GW, 69-59); Temple, Fran Dunphy (26th season, 501-270; 9th season at Temple, 191-107)

All-time series: Temple leads 52-16. The Owls have won six in a row.  

Last meeting between the two:  Jan. 16, 2013, Temple won, 55-53 at George Washington.

First round NIT game. George Washington won 60-54 on Tuesday at Pitt as Kethan Savage scored 17 points off the bench. Temple earned a 73-67 home win over Bucknell on Wednesday as Will Cummings scored a season-high 30 points.

Probable starters

George Washington (22-12)

G Patricio Garino, 6-6 Jr., 12.5 ppg., 5.3 rpg.

G Joe McDonald, 6-1 Jr., 10.1 ppg., 3.2 apg.

F Kevin Larsen, 6-10 Jr., 10.6 ppg., 7.4 rpg.

F John Kopriva, 6-8 Sr., 6.9 ppg., 3.7 rpg.

F Yuta Watanabe, 6-8 Fr., 7.2 ppg., 3.6 rpg.

Key reserves

G Kethan Savage, 6-3 Jr., 11.3 ppg., 4.8 rpg.

G Paul Jorgensen, 6-2 Fr., 3.6 ppg. 1.2 rpg.

Probable starters

Temple (24-10)

G Will Cummings, 6-2 Sr., 14.7 ppg., 4.3 apg.,, 4.2 rpg.

G Jesse Morgan, 6-5 Sr., 11.6 ppg., 3.1 rpg.

G Quenton DeCosey, 6-5 Jr., 12.4 ppg., 4.5 rpg.

C Devontae Watson, 6-11 Jr., 2.5 ppg., 3.2 rpg.

F Jaylen Bond, 6-8 Jr., 7.7 ppg., 7.9 rpg.

Key reserves

F Obi Enechionyia, 6-9 Fr., 5.0 ppg., 3.5 rpg.

G Josh Brown, 6-2 So., 6.3 ppg., 3.1 rpg.

F Daniel Dingle, 6-7 So., 3.6 ppg., 2.6 rpg.

About GW: Jr. Kevin Larsen, who is from Copenhagen, Denmark, was a third-team all-Atlantic 10 selection.  He has 985 career points…Teammate Patricio Garino scored his 1,000th career point in the win over Pitt and now has 1,004...The Colonial have won four of their last five games.

About Temple:  The Owls have won 12 of their last 15 games….Quenton DeCosey has scored in double figures in six straight games, averaging 13.8 points in that span…Jalen Bond, who has battled an ankle injury, has been under double figures scoring in five straight games, averaging 4.2 points in that span.

And finally: The third round game will be Wednesday. If Temple wins, the Owls will host the winner of Monday's Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech game.