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Tribe Men’s Basketball rekindles old rivalry at George Mason Wednesday night

The William & Mary men's basketball team will revive an old Colonial Athletic Association rivalry at George Mason on Wednesday night. (Courtesy Photo/Tribe Athletics)
The William & Mary men’s basketball team will revive an old Colonial Athletic Association rivalry at George Mason on Wednesday night. (Courtesy Photo/Tribe Athletics)

The William & Mary men’s basketball team revives an old Colonial Athletic Association rivalry at George Mason on Wednesday night. The Tribe carries a four-game winning streak into its first meeting fellow CAA charter member Mason since 2013. The contest tips at 7 p.m., from Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax, Va.

The game will be broadcast online at the Atlantic 10 Network at a cost of $6.95 for a 24-hour pass. Tribe fans can catch the men’s basketball action over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM and 107.9 Bach FM are the flagship stations of the Tribe Radio Network and the audio is also available over the Web at TribeAthletics.com.

Catch up with the Tribe through social media. Fans can keep up with W&M men’s basketball by following the program on social media as well. Be sure to check out the Tribe on Twitter (@WMTribeMBB)Facebook (WMTribeMBB)Instagram (WMTribeMBB) and Snapchat (TribeMensHoops).

Game day information:

  • When: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: George mason University, Fairfax, Va.
  • Hashtags: #RisingTribe, #CAAHoops

W&M News and Notes
– After playing 34-straight years between 1980 and 2013, W&M and George Mason rekindle a long-standing rivalry. Both programs were charter members of the Colonial Athletic Association and played every season until the Patriots departed to join the Atlantic 10 in 2013. The Tribe will look to snap a four-game Mason wining streak in the series and for its first victory in Fairfax since a 63-60 triumph in 2010.

– Senior Connor Burchfield made it 2-for-2 for the Tribe as he was named the CAA Player of the Week on Dec. 4 after averaging 28.5 points per game in Tribe wins over Marshall and Savannah State. His honor comes one week after classmate David Cohn garnered the distinction following a career-high 25 points in a win over ODU. Burchfield scored a career-high 30 points vs. Marshall and set a Tribe and CAA record with 10 3-pointers.

– The Tribe erupted for 108 points in the win at Savannah State, marking the most points scored by a W&M team on the road in program history. It was the third 100-game in the last four for W&M and second straight. Both those numbers tied school records. The Tribe accomplished both last season and tallied three 100-point games in 1954-55 as well. W&M’s 114 points against Marshall on Nov. 29 rank as the second-most in program history.

– The Green and Gold offense is among the best in the country, averaging 88.1 points per game. Along with ranking 21st nationally in scoring, W&M leads the country in 3-point percentage (48.1) and ranks seventh in free throw percentage (79.8) and 13th in field goal percentage (51.2). According to the advanced statistical website KenPom.com, the Tribe is fifth nationally in effective field goal percentage (60.6). Over the last four games, W&M has been even better, averaging 101 points per game, while shooting 58.9 percent from the floor, 59 percent from 3-point range and 80.4 percent at the free throw line.

– The Tribe is the only team in the country to rank among the top 25 nationally in field goal, free throw and 3-point percentage. W&M is one of only five teams currently shooting 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent at the free throw line. The other four are Villanova, Georgetown, St. Mary’s (Calif.) and Weber State.

– Over the last four games, senior Connor Burchfield (23-of-33) and sophomore Matt Milon (15-of-24) have been combined to shoot 66.7 percent (38-of-57) from 3 and hitting nearly 10 triples per game (9.5). On the year, Burchfield leads the CAA in both 3-point percentage (57.4) and 3-pointers made (3.9), coming in sixth and eighth nationally. Milon is second in the league in both categories, ranking 10th nationally in percentage (54.8) and 32nd in 3-pointers made (3.3). Burchfield leads W&M at 20.5 points per game over the last four contests as well.

– W&M blocked a season-high 11 shots in the win at Savannah State on Dec. 2. The 11 rejections ranked ninth in school history. Sophomore Nathan Knight led the Tribe with seven blocked shots, tying a career-high with a number that is fourth in W&M history. He is one of only two players in program annals to block seven shots in a game. As a team, the Tribe is 10th nationally at 6.4 rejections per game, while Knight is 10th individually at 3.3 per contest. Both averages lead the CAA.

– Over the last four games, W&M is averaging 24.5 assists per game and has produced a trio of games with 20 or more assists. On the season, the Tribe averages 18.6 assists per game, which ranks 20th nationally. Over the last two years, the Tribe has produced 13 games of 20 or more assists (13-0), and since 2010, is 32-1 when accomplishing the feat.

– Over the last four games, senior David Cohn has averaged 11 assists per game, including a career-high 13 against Marshall. His 7.6 assists per game currently ranked ninth nationally. Cohn, who was named CAA Player of the Week on Nov. 27, is averaging 17.3 points per game over the last three contests, including a career-high 25 in the win over Old Dominion.

– Sophomores Nathan Knight (19.3), Justin Pierce (15.4) and Matt Milon (14.0) are W&M’s top three scorers and each ranks in the top 15 in the CAA. The group accounts for 55.3 percent (341-of-617) of the Tribe’s points in 2017-18.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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