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By Ella Mitchell, Contributing News Editor • June 14, 2024

Men’s basketball to play first game in 35 days Sunday

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The men’s basketball team will miss two additional games after head coach Jamion Christian tested positive for COVID-19.

After a five-week hiatus from competition, men’s basketball will return to the court Sunday to take on Rhode Island, according to a release and tweet Tuesday.

The Colonials (3-9, 2-3 A-10) have not played a game since Jan. 17 after head coach Jamion Christian tested positive for COVID-19 and the team went into quarantine Jan. 19. The squad has had to postpone eight straight Atlantic 10 games as a result of the pause, and the team has delayed 10 total conference games this season.

The squad slotted in a game against Rhode Island to replace a home matchup against St. Bonaventure that will no longer be played, the release states.

The squad’s first postponed game – a Jan. 6 home contest against Massachusetts – was put off after Mayor Muriel Bowser instated a District-wide curfew following an insurrection at the Capitol.

GW’s next game – a Jan. 9 road trip to St. Bonaventure – was delayed after a staff member in the Colonials’ traveling party tested positive for the virus. But after conducting additional testing and contact tracing, the team returned the practice the next night.

As a result of the team’s current COVID-19 protocol, the Colonials postponed games at Dayton Jan. 20, Rhode Island Jan. 24, George Mason Jan. 27, Fordham Jan. 30, Saint Louis Feb. 6, Richmond Feb. 9 and La Salle Feb. 13.

Most recently, GW’s matchup with Saint Joseph’s, slated for Wednesday, was postponed as both teams continued their return to play protocol, a release states. The Hawks also experienced virus-related issues too, postponing four games in a two-week period.

Currently, the Colonials have played just five games in A-10 play, which is the lowest number in the 14-team league.

The team will take the court for the first time in 35 days when it hosts Rhode Island Sunday. The long-awaited tipoff is slated for 11:30 a.m.

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