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June 9, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s basketball team will begin a home-and-home series with George Washington by hosting the Colonials in 2014-15, Nittany Lion head coach Patrick Chambers announced Monday.
GW will travel to University Park to face the Lions at the Bryce Jordan Center Dec. 14, 2014 with a return date at the Charles E. Smith Center to be determined for the 2015-16 campaign.
"We are excited to have a NCAA tournament team in George Washington coming to Happy Valley this upcoming season,” Chambers said. Coach Lonergan has done a great job, and their style of play will help us prepare for conference play.”
Four PSU starters return from the 2013-14 season, accounting for more than 70 percent of scoring and 80 percent of rebounding for the team who swept Top 25 Ohio State en route to making its 20th postseason appearance. The Lions posted win totals, both overall (16) and in the Big Ten (6), among the highest in the last 15 years and had a total of 12 games decided by five or fewer points.
The Colonials posted the second-most wins in program history with 24 in 2013-14 and made their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007. GW finished the regular season with the third-seed in the conference and advanced to the A-10 Championship semifinals.
"Pat [Chambers] and his staff have done a great job improving the program at Penn State and we look forward to having another quality opponent from the Big Ten on our schedule for the next two years," Mike Lonergan, fourth-year GW head coach, said.
Lonergan spent six seasons as head coach at Vermont, facing Chambers' Boston University team five times from 2009-11 with Terriers taking both meetings in 2010-11.
Penn State is 19-11 all-time against its former Atlantic 10 rival George Washington with the last meeting coming in a 71-57 neutral-site, non-conference win by the Colonials in the 1991 Palm Beach Classic in Florida, Penn State’s first season in the Big Ten. The two teams final meetings as league foes was in the 1991 A-10 Championship game with the Nittany Lions topping the Colonials, 81-75, in Rec Hall for their first conference title.
Penn State is 111-77 all-time against teams in the current Atlantic 10 Conference, following a 68-59 win over Duquesne Dec. 11 last season in the CONSOL Energy Center. The Nittany Lions were a member of the A-10 in 1976-1979 and 1982-91.
The news of the GW series adds to previously announced information regarding Penn State’s 2014-15 schedule, Chambers’ fourth season in University Park, with the Lions poised to host Virginia Tech Dec. 3 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and compete in the 2014 Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Nov. 20-23.