Men's Basketball Scores 99 in Hobbs' Preseason Debut
Jaason Smith Double-Doubles to Propel Colonials
Nov. 3, 2001
WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 3) - Although GW's Smith Center is named after Charles E. Smith, Colonials fans might unoffically dub it the Jaason Smith Center if the GW senior continues to play at the level he diplayed in Saturday's preseason exhibition victory. The senior from Boston played like it was an NCAA Tournament game rather than an unofficial exhibition by recording a team-high 21-point, 13-rebound double-double in leading GW past Universal All-Stars, 99-84, Saturday afternoon. His effort made the preseason debut for new head coach Karl Hobbs a successful one in many areas.
Smith hit 8-12 from the field, five-of-six from the line, grabbed three steals and blocked four shots in 35 minutes. Freshman T.J. Thompson (Germantown, MD/Newport) also looked more than comfortable as GW's starting point guard with 18 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and three assists as the starting point guard.
Junior Chris Monroe (Hyattsville, MD/Good Counsel) scored 17 points with five assists and six rebounds in just 29 minutes. Sophomore Greg Collucci (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/Cardinal Newman) hit 5-of-7 shots for 13 points including three treys from NBA range.
GW shot well knocking down 52 percent from the field, but committed 22 turnovers in its first of two preseason games of the year. The Colonials also dished out 16 assists and blocked six shots while holding Universal to just 39 percent shooting.
GW took a 22-12 lead just five minutes into the contest after a steal by Thompson that led to a crowd-pleasing dunk by Monroe. The All-Stars got to within four at 26-22 on a three-pointer by Darroll Wright but the Colonials closed out the first half with a 23-12 run to lead by 15 at the break.
The Colonials expanded their lead to as much as 17 three minutes into the second half before the All-Stars whittled the lead down to eight three different times during the half, the last conming with 48 seconds left (92-84). The Colonials scored the game's final six points for the final margin.
The All-stars were led by former New Mexico Lobo Wayland White's game-high 27 points and former Ohio University standout Diante Flenoral's seven rebounds.
GW (0-0) has one more exhibition game Saturday, Nov. 10, at Smith Center before opening the regular season Thursday, Nov. 15, against Marshall in the NABC Classic at Lexington, KY. The Colonials will face either Western Kentucky or the host Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 16.
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