The Penn State men’s basketball team will host George Washington this season as part of a home-and-home series, according to a press release Monday.
The Nittany Lions will take on the Colonials on Dec. 14 at the Bryce Jordan Center. The teams will play at George Washington’s Charles E. Smith Center during the 2015-16 season.
George Washington is coming off its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007. The Colonials fell 71-66 to Memphis in the second round to end a 24-9 season, marking the second-most wins in program history.
“We are excited to have a NCAA tournament team in George Washington coming to Happy Valley this upcoming season,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said in the release. “Coach (Mike) Lonergan has done a great job, and their style of play will help us prepare for conference play.”
George Washington must replace its leading scorer, Maurice Creek (14.1 points per game), and starting forward Isaiah Armwood (12.7 points per game). The Colonials return 6-foot-10 forward Kevin Larsen and guard Joe McDonald, who started 33 and 32 games, respectively.
Penn State leads the all-time series with its the former Atlantic 10 rival 19-11. The Nittany Lions and Colonials last played in the 1991 Palm Beach Classic, with George Washington winning 71-57. Their last conference meeting came in the 1991 Atlantic 10 championship game, which Penn State won 81-75 for its first and only conference title.