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Most of all, Lonergan wants his team to progress on the court.

GW could never catch up at Saint Louis after the Billikens shot 55 percent in the first half for a 12-point halftime lead. With Savage (foot), out since Jan 18, the Colonials were 15-3. Without their second-leading scorer, the GW is painfully thin offensively. The bench was outscored 22-2 against Saint Louis.

“We played some very good teams, but I think we stopped getting better,” Lonergan said. “I think we lost the focus of our program which is defense and rebounding. If your shots don’t drop, you can still guard, you can still help your team in other ways. We all have to recognize that.

“We’ve got to get our energy and enthusiasm back. I think we’ll have a great crowd the next two home games and hopefully that will help us.”