Running down the happenings in the corridor ...
As if it wasn't already obvious, the future is now for the Colonials. And based on GW's Atlantic 10 opener, the future looks fairly promising.
The Colonials started four freshmen --- Kethan Savage got his first nod of the season --- in a 78-59 defeat of St. Bonaventure at the Smith Center.
There's still a ways to go, of course, but Mike Lonergan has to be pleased by a comfortable victory over a second-division team at home --- in other words, the sort of victories GW needs to collect to reach the 12-team conference tournament that will leave four schools at home.
GW (7-7) has Xavier and Temple up next, so things might not be so smooth over the next week. But this was a solid start to league play.
Wednesday was not pretty for the Terrapins (13-2, 1-1 ACC), who blew a 12-point lead in the second half and wound up falling 65-62 to Florida State.
There would be no matching of a program record winning streak, no 2-0 start in conference play and most certainly no passing of the sternest test Mark Turgeon's team faced since its season opener.
Instead, the second half revealed something of a floor for Maryland, and demonstrated the Terps have hardly arrived. There's still time, and Maryland remains quite talented. But this isn't going to be easy, especially with a much more difficult portion of the schedule right in front of a growing team.
NUMBER OF NOTE
Double-doubles in 16 games for Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon, who had 26 points and 12 rebounds (as well as seven blocks) in a 99-86 double overtime defeat of William & Mary. The Tigers improved to 8-8 (3-0 CAA) and will face fellow conference co-leader Northeastern on Saturday in the Baltimore 'burbs.
ELSEWHERE IN THE CORRIDOR
UMBC snapped an eight-game losing streak, topping New Hampshire 68-57 behind Ryan Cook's 21 points. The Retrievers improved to 3-13 and won for the first time since Dec. 1. ... Erick Green scored 24 points in Virginia Tech's latest loss, an 86-75 setback at home against Boston College. That 7-0 start seems like a distant memory for the Hokies (9-6, 0-2 ACC) ...
Virginia followed up its defeat of North Carolina with a 55-52 loss at Wake Forest. Mike Tobey had 14 points for the Cavaliers (11-4, 1-1), who suffered their first loss of the season to a team outside the CAA.
Treveon Graham scored 24 points --- and was 10 of 10 at the foul line --- as VCU handled Dayton 74-62 to win its Atlantic 10 debut. The Rams (13-3) forced 26 turnovers in the victory. ...
Rayshawn Goins had 18 points as James Madison (8-8, 2-1 CAA) demolished UNC Wilmington 78-50. The Dukes have played better of late, but that margin reflects just how much the Seahawks are struggling. ...
Longwood dropped its sixth in a row, an 83-73 loss to Campbell. The Lancers are 3-13.
ON TAP THURSDAY
Only one game will be played in the Corridor, with George Mason (8-6, 1-1) playing host to Old Dominion (2-13, 0-3) in the first half of the teams' final home-and-home as members of the CAA. ... Mount St. Mary's (6-7, 1-1 Northeast) visits St. Francis (N.Y.) to begin a two-games-in-three-days swing to Brooklyn.
--- Patrick Stevens