Colonials Roll Over Rams, 68-39
George Washington clinches A-10 West regular-season championship with win over Rhode Island.
March 5, 2005
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I (AP) - J.R. Pinnock scored 17 points and Carl Elliott added 14 as George Washington clinched the Atlantic 10 West regular season championship with a 68-39 win over Rhode Island on Saturday.
George Washington (19-7, 11-5) outscored Rhode Island 31-12 in the second half, holding Rhode Island to just five field goals.
Rhode Island's Jon Lucky made a 3-pointer, making it 29-25 with 4:08 left in the first half. But George Washington pulled away from Rhode Island (6-21, 4-12) over the final four minutes.
T.J. Thompson scored back-to-back baskets and Omar Williams made a foul shot with 1:08 left in the half, making it a 35-25 game, marking George Washington's first double-digit lead of the game. George Washington went into the break with a 37-27 lead.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who had 6 points and had 11 rebounds, scored on a breakaway dunk and tipped in a missed shot to put George Washington ahead 58-37 with 9:20 to play. Rhode Island made just 5 of 24 shots in the second half and had 9 turnovers.
Scott Hazelton was the only Rhode Island player in double figures with 12 points.