Men's Basketball Bounced by St. Bonaventure, 62-49
Colonials Suffer First Home Loss to Bonnies Since 1989
Jan. 22, 2011
Recap: GW vs. St. Bonaventure 1/22/11
WASHINGTON, DC -- George Washington struggled with its shooting in a 62-49 loss to visiting St. Bonaventure Saturday afternoon at Smith Center. Most of the current Colonials and Bonnies had not yet been born the last time SBU won a game at Smith Center which came on Feb. 11, 1989. This year's Bonnies took control of the contest late in the first half behind the shooting of freshman Matthew Wright and never looked back.
Wright, who entered Saturday's game averaging 2.6 points a game, poured in his career-high 18 on 6-7 field goals, including 3-4 from beyond the arc. He scored 10 in the first half as the Bonnies pulled away on the strength of a 21-8 run spanning the final seven minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second half to build a 37-27 lead with 15:06 remaining. The Bonnies' lead grew to as much as 16 (49-33) on a dunk by Andrew Nicholson at the 9:42 mark and SBU maintained an 8-13 point cushion the remainder of the game.
For St. Bonaventure, the win snapped a 14-game losing skid to GW at the Smith Center.
Five fouls were called in the first 87 seconds of the game, four of those on GW. The Colonials managed to shoot just 25.9 percent (7-27) in the second half and 30.8 percent (16-52) for the game.
Although the Colonials held Nicholson scoreless in the first half, SBU ended the first half on a 13-4 run for a 29-25 lead at the break. The Bonnies also controlled the boards outrebounding GW, 24-16, in the opening half and 43-32 for the game.
GW's Jabari Edwards entered the game midway through the first half for his first game action since Nov. 22. He had a resounding block and a rebound in eight minutes. Edwards underwent knee surgery on Dec. 22.
St. Bonaventure (10-8, 2-3 A-10) was led by Wright's game-high 18 points and a 13-point, 8-rebound effort from Nicholson. Demitrius Conger was the only other Bonnie in double figures with 12 points.
Sophomore David Pellom led the Colonials with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double, his second of the season and third of his career. Nine of Pellom's points came from the free throw line where he was a perfect 9-for-9. Dwayne Smith was the only other Colonial to reach double figures with 12 points.
GW (10-9, 3-2 A-10) next travels to Xavier (13-5, 5-0 A-10) for the only regular-season meeting this season on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Cintas Center. The GW-Xavier game will tip at 7 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on 1050 AM as well as at FederalNewsRadio.com. Live stats will be available at GWsports.com and the game will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.