Colonials Clobber Atlantic 10 Rival Xavier

Jan. 28, 2004

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington handed a crushing 81-60 defeat to Atlantic 10 rival Xavier tonight, remaining unbeaten at home this season with a perfect 8-0 record at the Charles E. Smith Center.

The Colonials high-flying Pops Mensah-Bonsu tallied 14 points and 8 rebounds, thrilling the rowdy home crowd with dunk after dunk. George Washington dominated inside, outscoring Xavier 48-28 in the paint, including 19 fast-break points. The Colonials outrebounded Xavier 40 to 30.

George Washington (11-7, 5-2) quickly turned a hotly contested game into a rout in the second half, after a 12-0 run with 12 minutes remaining and seemed to take the fight out of Xavier. George Washington ended the game with four players in double figures - Mensah-Bonsu, Mike Hall, Carl Elliot, and T.J. Thompson, who led the Colonials with 19 points.

The stifling Colonials defense held Xavier standout Romain Sato to only 6 points in the first half. Sato, who has averaged 18 points per game for the last 10 games, finished with 9 points in 38 minutes of play. He looked out of sorts in the second half, missing shots, turning the ball over and not managing to score until 2:50 remained, with the game out of reach for Xavier.

Xavier's shooting failed for the second game in a row with the Musketeers shooting only 35 percent for the game, managing only 30 points each half. Lionel Chalmers led the Musketeers in scoring with 21 points, and Sato brought down 13 rebounds. Xavier (10-8, 2-4) has now lost four of its last five games.



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