No. 21 Colonials Win On Road Against St. Bonaventure, 85-59
Pops Mensah-Bonsu scores 14 points in victory.
Jan. 12, 2005
By JOHN WAWROW
OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) - Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 14 points, helping No. 21 George Washington shake off a cold start to cruise to an 85-59 victory over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.
George Washington (11-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) won its third straight, and remains on pace to match its hottest start since opening the 1997-98 season 13-2.
George Washington had six players score in double figures for the second time this season. It's also the sixth time this season the Colonials have had at least five players scored 10 or more in one game.
The undermanned and sometimes overwhelmed Bonnies (1-13, 0-3) unraveled after a strong start, outscored 64-39 over the final 30 minutes.
Wade Dunston scored a career-high 25 points for the Bonnies, who are off to the worst start in school history. The program that's still stung by a March 2003 eligibility scandal that led to NCAA sanctions, has lost 25 of its last 27, and all six at home this season.
The Colonials came out cold, missing 10 of their first 12 attempts, and trailed 10-6 after 6 minutes - looking nothing like a team that's leading the A-10 in scoring at 83.1 points a game.
Helped by a pressure defense that rattled the Bonnies inexperienced backcourt, GW responded, hitting eight of its next nine shots. The Colonials took the lead for good when Omar Williams hit a jumper, was fouled and completed the three-point play to put them up 21-20 with 9:27 left in the first half.
George Washington then outscored the Bonnies 19-6 the rest of the half, led by Lucas, who capped the run with three straight baskets: a dunk, a layin and an 18-footer.
The Bonnies hung tough early despite missing two starting forwards, including leading scorer Patrick Lottin, who's out with a pulled hamstring. Listed day-to-day, Lottin is averaging 12.5 points and is second on the team at 5.5 rebounds.
The Bonnies were also minus Brian Gibbs (flu).
The win was George Washington's seventh in 22 trips to Olean, and the school's first since Jan. 21, 1999.
Hobbs, the former Connecticut assistant, improved his three-plus-year record to 53-47, one win short of matching Carl Slone for sixth on the GW list.
St. Bonaventure has had little success against Top 25 opponents, losing their 11th straight to a ranked team.