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11/28/2023 11:45 am  #1

GW Versus Cheyney University Game Thread

Next up:                           Cheyney University Wolves
Conference:                    NA; Cheyney is a Division II Independent
Time:                               November 30, 2023; 6 PM (ET)
Venue:                             Charles E Smith Center - Washington, DC
2022-23 Record:             2-10
2024 Projection:             N/A
Current Record:             N/A
Common Opponents:   None
Last Time Out:               First time meeting
Broadcast:                     ESPN+ 

Opponent Summary: Division II Independent Cheyney University visits the Smith Center on Thursday for an early evening clash with the Revolutionaries. The Wolves’ website is not up to date, so it’s difficult to get any real information on the team. It looks like they did have a victory over the College of Southern Maryland, but lost big to Elizabeth State University in their prior DII contests. There’s not a lot of great rationale for scheduling these games from GW’s perspective, but it probably does help with the funding of Cheyney’s sports programs.
About the Game: For GW, this game probably couldn’t have come at a better time. After a 3-0 start, the season has gone sideways, due primarily to inconsistent offensive play and some untimely injuries. Coming in at 3-4, look for the Revolutionaries to get a longer look at some of their younger players, while not risking further injury who are still trying to recover at this point. That could include Blethen, Brown, Innis, and Lok. Recent glimpses of our freshman (Lewis, Marsh, and Sims) have shown that they have skills, but their inexperience has also been exposed as well. It would be great to see Jaylin Hartman, a highly recruited freshman for the first time this season, and for Engel to get some extended minutes. It will also be interesting to see how the team responds after such a poor showing over the holiday weekend.
Hopefully, GW can use this opportunity to improve, as things don’t get easier. The next contest, on December 6, will be on the road against Towson, who was predicted to win the Coastal Athletic Association (CAA) this year.

Last edited by xAC (11/30/2023 5:27 pm)


11/30/2023 8:43 pm  #2

Re: GW Versus Cheyney University Game Thread

Final Result: GW coasts to a 91-30 win over Cheyney University.

GW had a makeshift lineup with Innis, Engel, and Sims joining Durant and Taiwo in the starting lineup. It was obvious from the outset that Cheyney was overmatched in size as Durant scored the first 9 points and GW ran out to a 21-3 1st quarter lead. Robertson came off the bench with 2 minutes left in the 1st, and played a facilitator role with a couple of assists in limited minutes. The 2nd quarter saw a lot of new GW faces on the court (12 players logged time for GW), with Sierra-Vargas and Hartman getting their first action of the season. With the help of a 24-0 run that started in the 1st quarter, GW took a 44-10 lead into the the break. At halftime, Durant led all scorers with 11 points, followed by Sim’s 9 points on 3-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Engel caught fire early in the 3rd period with 9 quick points that included a 3-pointer and a couple of midrange jumpers. The reserves continued to do a good job of keeping the Wolves outside and holding them to single shot opportunities. By the end of the quarter, GW’s lead had mushroomed to 74-18. Loving dominated inside to start the 4th, and GW cruised to a 61-point win. Engel led all scorers with 21 points on 7-12 shooting. Loving chipped in a 15/10 double-double, and Durant (13 pts) and Sims (15 pts) also posted double figures. Robertson had 9 points to go along with a career-high 5 assists. Remarkably, despite playing with a lineup of players that haven’t logged many minutes, the Revs were able to hit 23-26 free throws in the game.

Cheyney did not provide the level of competition that GW will face in the coming weeks, but the contest did provide some needed game experience for our players. Hopefully, today's look at the players will give the coaches a better idea about future rotations and with the uncertainty of the availability of core players (Blethen, Brown, Buford and Lok did not suit up today), some of the standouts from today’s game will have to step up. Engel had a good all-around game, and Sims, after throwing up a pair of airballs on her first 3-point attempts, kept on shooting and canned her next 4 in a row. Loving showed that she can be a capable sub for Durant when needed. Will they be able to sustain that level of performance moving forward?  Hopefully, some of those answers will be provided when GW takes to the road next Wednesday to face a experienced and balanced Towson squad.

Last edited by xAC (12/01/2023 10:59 am)

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12/01/2023 9:43 am  #3

Re: GW Versus Cheyney University Game Thread

Seemed to be like playing a middle school sized team along with jr high skills.   Why were we playing them?


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