Men's Basketball Falls to Richmond, 63-57
Monroe's 27 Not Enough to Keep Colonials From Fifth Straight Loss
Jan. 21, 2003
RICHMOND, VA - Senior Chris Monroe scored his season-high 27 points, including 23 in the second half, in a tough 63-57 loss to Richmond Tuesday night at UR's Robins Center. Richmond junior Tony Dobbins matched a career-high in points (26) and steals (6), in leading Richmond (10-6, 4-1).
Monroe's 27-point outburst leaves him just 24 points shy of becoming only the second Colonial to score 2,000 career points.
Despite outrebounding the Spiders, 40-24, including a 17-5 advantage on the offensive boards, GW was unable to overcome foul and turnover problems. GW turned the ball over 22 times compared to 14 TOs by Richmond. The Colonials also were whistled for 23 fouls which sent the Spiders to the line 27 times where they converted 17 points compared to just 6-for-8 FTs for GW.
The Spiders received double-digit scoring from three other players as Mike Skrocki, Jeff Myers and Eric Zwayer chipped in 10 points apiece.
Both teams struggled through an ugly first half, combining to go 20-of-55 from the field. The largest lead by either team came at the close of the stanza as a Skrocki layup gave UR a 26-18 lead at intermission.
The Spiders stretched the lead to 10 on two occasions early in the second half and led by as many as nine points with 7:41 remaining. The Colonials, however, would not go away. GW closed the gap, in large part due to a flurry of 3-pointers courtesy of Monroe. He cut the deficit to one (55-54) on a trey with 2:34 on the clock. His former grade and high school rival Dobbins answered, however, sinking a pair of free throws and a driving layup through the paint to push the lead back to five, 59-54, at the 1:47 mark.
GW quieted the crowd of 4,218 with a T.J. Thompson 3-pointer from the far baseline on its next possession. After a Myers' 3-pointer rimed off the cylinder with under a minute to play, Monroe attempted to drive the lane on the ensuing possession, only to have his shot blocked in the lane by Skrocki. Richmond gained control of the loose ball and was perfect from the charity stripe (4-4) in the final :27 to seal the win.