George Washington pauses MBB activities again after Jamion Christian tests positive

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GW pauses MBB activities again after Jamion Christian tests positive originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

For the second time in as many weeks, the George Washington Colonials men's basketball program will pause activities following a positive coronavirus test. The stoppage will postpone the next two scheduled games against Dayton (Jan. 20) and Rhode Island (Jan. 24).

The positive test is from a "Tier 1" staff member (a player, coach or member of the program that has direct contact with a player or coach). Head coach Jamion Christian announced on Twitter that he tested positive for the virus after the announcement of the pause.

"I am pleased to say I feel well. After experiencing some slight symptoms yesterday, I immediately removed myself from our team. I have been in isolation as recommended by our elite health officials," Christian wrote. 

It is unclear if Christian was the initial test that iniated the stoppage in activities.

Earlier this month, the Colonials were on a brief pause after a positive test as well. That pause only canceled one game against St. Bonaventure and GW has since returned to action. 

Already, the Colonials have had a tough period getting in games at this point in the season. Due to a lockdown in the area surrounding the National Mall following the Capitol riots, the program had to travel to George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., to play a 'home' game against the Dayton Flyers. Their next game against the Flyers was set to be played in Dayton. The Capitol riots also forced a postponement due to a curfew placed on the city the night of the riots. 

The next game on the schedule is against the George Mason Patriots on Jan. 27. At 3-9, George Washington only needs one more contest to meet the minimum amount of games required to play in the NCAA's postseason. However, both the NCAA and NIT mandate that all at-large teams must have a record above .500. Two of GW's victories have come against Atlantic 10 opponents.