No. 7 Colonials Handle Richmond, 64-51

Feb. 18, 2006

Final Stats

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Maureece Rice scored 16 points and Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 10 points and nine rebounds Saturday night, leading No. 7 George Washington to a 64-51 victory against Richmond, the Colonials' NCAA-leading 14th consecutive victory.

George Washington (22-1, 12-0 Atlantic 10), which played up-tempo in an 80-55 victory against Richmond in Washington 13 days earlier, mostly played at the Spiders' deliberate pace this time, but still had more than enough to win easily again.

The loss was the sixth in a row for Richmond (11-14, 4-7), which continues to struggle to find the outside shooting to fit first-year coach Chris Mooney's style.

Jermaine Bucknor led Richmond with 23 points and was 6-for-9 on 3-pointers, but the rest of the Spiders were a combined 4-for-24 from behind the arc.

The Colonials led 35-22 at halftime and opened their lead to as many as 16 in the second half. Carl Elliott hit three 3-pointers in the half, and Mike Hall hit one.

With Bucknor hitting three 3-pointers in a span of under 3 minutes, Richmond pulled as close as 50-43, but George Washington quickly scored 10 in a row to seal its first victory at the Robin Center since Dec. 22, 1979.

Elliott had eight of the points with two 3-pointers and two free throws, and he finished with 13 points. Danilo Pinnock added 12 and five assists.

Oumar Sylla added 12 points for the Spiders, which shot just 37.5 percent and was outrebounded 35-25. George Washington also outscored Richmond 36-14 in the paint.

The Colonials led 20-17 when Mensah-Bonsu sparked a 14-3 run with a huge fast break dunk in the first half. Five other players scored in the burst, and Pinnock finished it with another dunk, giving George Washington a 34-20 lead 1:13 before halftime.



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