Almost every season, there’s a surprise team that gets off to a fast start in conference play.
In the Atlantic 10, it’s George Washington.
The Colonials moved into third place in the Atlantic 10 with their 92-91 overtime win over St. Joe’s.
George Washington is 5-2 in the conference, 11-9 overall.
Big Three: Even though the Big Three concept is dying on the NBA level, certain teams can live with it on the college level. Right now, the Colonials have a legitimate Big Three with James Bishop, Brendan Adams, and Maximus Edwards. Last night, it was Adams turn to be the offensive focal point. Adams had a career-high 32 points. He was an efficient 11-22 from the floor.
Usually the lead dog is Bishop and, in a sign of maturity, he was willing to make sure Adams was getting every good look he could get.
Edwards’ development throughout the season is the key. I saw him during the preseason and you could see the potential. You could easily see why he was a power conference recruit. It just took some time for him to start showing it.
Caputo’s Opening Act: Last night, the Colonials jumped out to an early 16 point lead. By the end of the first half, most of the lead was gone yet you couldn’t tell it by Caputo. In a back and forth game that saw the Colonials make some critical mistakes, Caputo’s body language never showed panic and frustration. His team followed their coach’s lead. No matter the time of situation, the Colonials were poised. That starts with the coach in the first chair.
Unexpected Contributions: Amir Harris is a defense-first sub off the bench. Last night, it was his offense that jumped out. Harris went 2-3 from the floor including a three-pointer that gave Colonials the lead. Hunter Dean was also big both literally and figuratively. Dean fought through four fouls to score six points and grab six rebounds. It was Dean’s rebound that led to the eventual game winning layup by Bishop