Men’s basketball hosts New Hampshire on Saturday

WASHINGTON- GW men’s basketball returns for the third game of its four-game home streak on Saturday as it welcomes New Hampshire to DC. Tipp is scheduled for 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN+.

James Bishop IV’s 25-point result Tuesday night put him on the doorstep of the 1,000-point career milestone. Bishop competes in 68 career games between LSU and George Washington on Saturday with 996 career points, becoming GW’s first member of the 1,000-point club since Yuta Watanabe did in 2017-18.

947 of the 996 points were scored during his 52 games with the Buff & Blue, good for the seventh-best points-per-game average in program history at 18.2 ppg. Bishop has hit double digits in 45 of his 68 career games, including 24 20-point games, two 30-point games and a historic 44-point tag against Hofstra last week.

Bishop and Brendan Adams’ 45 combined points on Tuesday were nothing new for the Buff & Blue this season as both have been in double digits in every game. Bishop (24.0 ppg) leads the A-10 in scoring and ranks fourth nationally, while Adams (16.2) is ninth in the conference.

Combined, Bishop and Adams are the third highest-scoring couple in the country at 40.2 ppg. Only Marshalls Taevion Kinsey and Andrew Taylor (42.2) and Kansas Jalen Wilson and Gradey Dick (41.8) have combined more points per game this year.

GW has relied heavily on its typical starting five for production this year. The quintet of James Bishop IV, Maximus Edwards, Brendan Adams, Ricky Lindo Jr. and Hunter Dean compete Friday averaging at least 7.5 ppg.

The group accounted for 86.6% of Buff & Blue’s performance this season, leading GW to an A-10 low of 14.2 bank points per game. The Buff & Blue averaged 23.5 bank ppg in their first two competitions but have only managed 19 goals overall in their last three games (6.3 per game), coinciding with Hunter Dean’s move to the starting lineup.

New Hampshire enter the competition with a 2-2 score on Saturday, beating Brandeis and Fairfield before losing back-to-back games to Fordham and Boston University. UNH is led in the score by Clarence Daniels II (16.8 ppg) and Kyree Brown (15.0), who together account for 31.8 of the team’s 70.0 ppg.

The Wildcats were productive from across the arc to start the campaign, scoring 9.0 3-pointers per contest at a 40.9% clip, the 21st-highest mark in the country. However, they only made 10 in their two losses combined. Led by Bill Herrion in his 18th season, New Hampshire should finish seventh in the America East after a 15-13 (10-8) season last year.