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The Colonials drew their second-largest crowd of the season. They actually scored at a decent clip.

And they still never got within a possession in the second half of an 86-75 loss to Massachusetts.

Every time GW (8-15, 3-6 Atlantic 10) got two stops, it couldn’t score. Every time it pieced together a couple of baskets, it couldn’t get a stop. So it went on another frustrating night in the first season of Lonergan’s homecoming to the area where he grew up, attended college and began his head coaching career.

“It’s like I told these guys, we’re not a really good team,” Lonergan said. “We showed signs of life lately. But it’s not too late to get better. We have to get a lot more out of our seniors. Aaron [Ware] and Jabari [Edwards] have to give us more. If that happens, it’s not too late for us to turn it around.”

And not too late for casual fans to take note of the local college hoops tableau, either — whether in packed ventures over a full day or just one-game doses. Don’t worry. There’s nothing football-related to miss on the horizon.