One of the great things about living in our nation's capital is that it allows you meet from all over the world. It seems like no one that lives here was born and raised here, and it makes for some interesting discussions. I've met people from China, Taiwan, France England, and Turkey while living here. Meeting these people allows me to learn about what life is like in other countries, and had people cook me dishes authentic to their countries (Chinese food cooked by a person from China tastes much different than Chinese food made in American Chinese restaurant.) Similarly, these people are interested in learning about the American culture (for better or worse), and hearing about experiences that we've had in foreign countries. I was fortunate to study abroad in Switzerland during my college days, and those I've met, particularly those from other countries, enjoy hearing about my experiences abroad.
Game #9-517: Fordham Rams at George Washington ColonialsFebruary 20, 2013 7:00 pm
Charles E. Smith Center
An international experience is something that the George Washington basketball team embraces as well. Members of their team hail from six different countries. In addition to the United States, Canada, Argentina, Denmark, Serbia, and Greece are represented. Each of the countries flags is displayed behind the team bench, something that I am sure each of the players appreciates.
At their game against Fordham, it was faculty appreciation day. Athletes achieving at least a 3.0 GPA were recognized at halftime on the floor. I'm not sure if this is something that is done at other schools, but it does remind you that these student-athletes are students as well as athletes. In addition, athletes were asked to nominate a professor they felt deserving of the award. It was nice to see each professor with the student that nominated them honored on the floor.
The game itself was pretty ugly. George Washington could not make any foul shots to save themselves, shooting 45% from the free-throw line, compared to 76.5% for the Rams. This poor free throw shooting kept the game close, and Fordham kept fouling to try to get back in the game, much to the frustration of the Colonial faithful. However, the Colonials walked away with a 68-60 victory. It was ugly, but a win is a win, and I am sure the Colonials will take it.
at GEORGE WASHINGTON 68, FORDHAM 60
FORDHAM 6-21 (2-10) -- C. Newell 7-14 1-3 16; M. Thomas 3-9 2-2 10; C. Gaston 4-11 6-8 14; B. Frazier 4-11 3-3 13; B. Smith 1-9 0-0 3; T. Leonard 5-7 2-4 12; J. Myers 0-3 0-0 0; R. Canty 1-1 0-0 2; R. Rhoomes 0-0 0-0 0; J. Short 2-2 0-0 6; L. Zivkovic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 13-17 60.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 12-12 (6-5) -- P. Garino 2-6 5-10 9; K. Larsen 6-11 3-6 15; L. Kromah 6-8 1-6 13; J. McDonald 2-9 2-4 6; I. Armwood 2-8 4-8 8; K. Savage 0-3 2-2 2; D. Smith 4-6 0-1 8; B. Bynes 2-3 0-0 5; J. Kopriva 0-0 0-0 0; N. Mikic 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-56 17-37 68.
Three-point goals: FORD 7-19 (B. Frazier 2-5; J. Short 2-2; B. Smith 1-6; J. Myers 0-1; M. Thomas 2-5), GW 1-8 (D. Smith 0-1; B. Bynes 1-1; L. Kromah 0-1; I. Armwood 0-1; P. Garino 0-2; J. McDonald 0-2); Rebounds: FORD 28 (C. Gaston 6), GW 34 (I. Armwood 12); Assists: FORD 11 (B. Frazier 5), GW 9 (L. Kromah 2); Total Fouls -- FORD 24, GW 17; Fouled Out: FORD-B. Frazier; GW-None.
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