George Washington Handles Stony Brook, 88-60
Eleven Colonials score en-route to victory.
Jan. 16, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Omar Williams scored 13 points in 16 minutes, and No. 16 George Washington closed its non-conference schedule by shutting down Stony Brook's offense for several minutes at the start of each half in an 88-60 victory Monday night.
The Colonials, 13-1 for the first time since the 1953-54 season, opened the game with a 13-0 run and limited Stony Brook to 40 percent shooting overall.
The hosts led by as many as 31 points, at 83-52 on Noel Wilmore's 3-pointer with 4 1/2 minutes left, and coach Karl Hobbs gave just about everyone on his roster a chance to play. Eleven players scored for GW, with Mike Hall getting 12 points and Danilo Pinnock 11 before coming down awkwardly after a shot in the second half.
Stony Brook (3-12) missed its first five shots of the game and committed three turnovers before Tre Cunningham's short jumper 4 1/2 minutes in put the visitors on the scoreboard.
At the start of the second half, Stony Brook went without a field goal for 4 minutes.
Mitchell Beauford led the Seawolves with 19 points. He was 8-for-17 from the field; his teammates were a combined 14-for-38 (37 percent). George Washington played stifling defense, including some full-court pressure, and that helped set up repeated fastbreak opportunities.
The teams had never played, but Stony Brook's first-year coach is Steve Pikiell, a former assistant to Hobbs who recruited several of the current Colonials.
When Pikiell walked out before the game, many in the home crowd of 3,234 rose to applaud, and he acknowledged the warm welcome with a pumped fist. He got greetings from several GW players during pregame warmups, including a bear hug from star senior Pops Mensah-Bonsu.
After consecutive comeback victories that took overtime to decide, GW used stifling defense to pretty much seal its last two wins in the opening minutes.
On Saturday, the Colonials led Saint Joseph's by as many as 21 points in the first half. On Monday, the hosts went up by that amount at 47-26 on Hall's putback 1 1/2 minutes before halftime.
GW led Stony Brook 47-30 at the break, helped by 7-for-14 shooting on 3-pointers.
The Colonials, winners of five straight since losing to North Carolina State, will play the next 13 games against Atlantic 10 opponents, starting Tuesday at Charlotte.