Colonials Hand Spiders 80-63 Defeat

Feb. 12, 2005

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 18 points, three blocks and three steals to lead George Washington over Richmond 80-63 in front of a sold-out crowd at Smith Center.

The win was the third in a row for the Colonials (15-5, 7-3) keeping them in first place in the West Division of the Atlantic 10.

Three other Colonials scored in double figures. Omar Williams had 15 points and Mike Hall netted 11 points to go with 14 rebounds. J.R. Pinnock came off the bench to score 16 points.

Overall the George Washington reserves outscored the Richmond bench 36-17. Point guard T.J. Thompson chipped in nine points and dished out four assists, three of which went to Mensah-Bonsu for thunderous alley-oops.

Kevin Steenberge had 19 points, and Andres Sandoval had 10 points to lead Richmond (11-11, 6-5) who lost their second straight game.

Richmond struggled against the GW defense which used trapping and zone rotations to force the Spiders into just two of 18 shooting from three-point range, and commit 14 turnovers. The Spiders were outscored in the paint, 42-30, and were without forward Jermaine Bucknor who sprained his right ankle during a loss to La Salle on Wednesday.

Trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, Richmond used a 10-3 run, including a three-pointer by Sandoval at the buzzer, to cut the Colonials' lead to three at halftime, 37-34.

Richmond only hit nine of its 29 field goal attempts in the second half, and George Washington had key offensive rebounds in the last five minutes to keep a comfortable lead.



With the win GW avenged an 11-point loss at Richmond in January.