Recruiting roundup: Depth plays for GW, Mason


Recruiting roundup: Depth plays for GW, Mason

Quick update on recruiting gains for two of the local Atlantic 10 men's basketball programs followed by a bit of site news:

* George Washington: The Colonials enter the 2015-16 season with high expectations - and a second NCAA Tournament berth in three seasons - thanks in large part to seniors Kevin Larsen, Patricio Garino and Joe McDonald. This also means the trio are done with their GW playing careers next year, which means coach Mike Lonergan is on the recruiting trail seeking replacements, especially for Larsen, the Colonials' top big man. The first member of the 2016 class, power forward/center Collin Smith, provides an option in the post-Larsen world. ranks the 6-foot-9 prospect from Jacksonville as two-star recruit.  Smith would join Wake Forest transfer Tyler Cavanaugh, Matt Cimino and 2015 freshman Collin Goss inside for the Colonials. Former Seton Hall transfer Jared Sina likely enters the fall of 2016 as GW's top addition after the guard sits out the required one season.

* George Mason: First-year head coach Dave Paulsen officially announced four recruits for the 2015-16 on Tuesday: 6-foot-7 G DeAndre Abram (Carrollton, Texas), 6-foot-10 F Danny Dixon (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.), 5-foot-11 G Otis Livingston II (Linden, N.J.) and 6-foot-2 G Kameron Murrell (Long Beach, Calif.).

The roster underwent several changes during the transition from former coach Paul Hewitt to Paulsen. The new guys represent the positive kind of change.

“We’re really excited about these four individuals who comprise our first recruiting class,” Paulsen said. “It was very important to me that we sign young men of the highest character who had distinguished themselves academically as well as athletically. I couldn’t be happier with this group in that regard and I know that they will be great representatives of Mason both on and off the court.

Murrell, a member of the 2015 Prep School National Championship Runner-Up squad, shot a staggering 66.0 percent from three-point range and averaged 16.0 points per game, 6.3 assists per game and 2.1 steals per game last season. Some view Livingston as a potentially sneaky lead guard addition for the Patriots.

“We also addressed some specific needs for our team with some excellent ball handlers and shooters and an additional ‘big’ who can give us added depth up front,” Paulsen noted. “I am excited to work with Kam, Otis, DeAndre and Danny as we begin in earnest our quest for the A-10 Championships.”

* As for the site, you may have noticed this article is housed under a new "Atlantic 10 Conference" page on Now there will be one central page for any George Washington, George Mason, VCU or any other A-10 coverage. Tell your friends.

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Ranked and red hot, Terrapins crush Buckeyes in Columbus to extend winning run to seven

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Ranked and red hot, Terrapins crush Buckeyes in Columbus to extend winning run to seven

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 20 points, and No. 19 Maryland won its seventh straight game, 75-61 over Ohio State on Friday night.

Bruno Fernando added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and had 15 rebounds for the Terrapins (16-3, 7-1 Big Ten), who shot 58.1 percent from the field. Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell each scored 11, and Jalen Smith had 10. Maryland went 11 of 17 (64.7 percent) from 3-point range.

C.J. Jackson scored 15 points for the Buckeyes (12-5, 2-4), who lost their fourth straight. Duane Washington Jr. scored 14 and Kaleb Wesson had 11.

Fernando continued his strong play after being named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week. He averaged 17.5 points and 12 rebounds in victories over Minnesota and then-No. 22 Indiana. The 6-foot-10 sophomore from Angola has 10 double-doubles this season.

Ohio State kept it close through most of the first half before Maryland went on an 8-0 run, including a three-point play by Fernando, to move ahead 38-30. The Buckeyes got within one early in the second half before Maryland responded with a 13-2 burst, including five points from Fernando. Ohio State got no closer than six points the rest of the way.


Maryland: The Terrapins have been one of the surprise teams of the Big Ten thus far, but their schedule won't get any easier, with a road matchup looming at No. 6 Michigan State and two games against second-ranked Michigan.

Ohio State: Foul trouble and the Terps' hot shooting doomed any chance of an end to the Buckeyes' skid.


Maryland visits No. 6 Michigan State on Monday night.

Ohio State hosts Purdue on Wednesday.

Towson at Delaware College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch


Towson at Delaware College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Towson has lost six consecutive games and will be looking to get back to winning ways when it visits Delaware.

The Blue Hens, meanwhile, have won five of their first seven conference games and will be looking to keep pace in the competitive CAA when they host the Tigers at Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

Towson at Delaware How to Watch

What: Towson Tigers at Delaware Blue Hens
Where: Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Del. 
When: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder)

Towson at Delaware Preview

Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Record: Towson (5-14, 1-5)  Delaware (13-7, 5-2)
Last Game: 72-66 loss at Drexel, 1/17 (Towson),  76-69 win vs. James Madison, 1/17 (Delaware)
Leading Scorers: Brian Fobbs, 16.1 ppg (Towson), Eric Carter, 17.7 ppg (Delaware)