Men's Basketball Outscores EA Sports, 96-89, in First Preseason Exhibition
Nov. 3, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC - GW used a balanced offensive attack and opened the preseason with a 96-89 victory over EA Sports All-Stars Sunday afternoon at Smith Center. GW senior All-America candidate Chris Monroe (Hyattsville, MD/Good Counsel) led five different Colonials in double-figure scoring with a game-high 25 points, 14 of which came at the free throw line. He added four assists and three rebounds in 26 minutes.
After the visitors opened up an 11-2 lead to begin the game, GW coach Karl Hobbs called a 20-second timeout to organize his players and stem the momentum. The strategy worked as the Colonials whittled into the lead and caught EA Sports at the 12:33 mark by taking a 20-19 lead. GW increased its cushion to 50-40 at halftime on 52 percent shooting (15-29) from the field including 7-13 (.534) from long range.
GW's lead ballooned to as much as 16 (56-40) early in the second half before EA Sports closed to within four at the 11:10 mark on a pair of free throws by former University of Utah standout Alex Jensen. The Colonials expanded their lead again to 13 with 5:46 left but the All-Stars would not go away and creeped to within six with 4:22 remaining. Following a missed three-point attempt by former Georgia Tech player Fred Vinson, the EA bench was his with consecutive technical fouls. That sent Monroe to the line where he converted four straight free throws to give GW an 83-71 advantage.
The highlight plays of the contest were provided by freshman F Pops Mensah-Bonsu (London, England) who slammed down a pair of alley-oops and thrilled the crowd with 4:20 left in the first half when, after missing the back end of a two-shot foul, he swooped to the rim, grabbed his own rebound and threw down an emphatic two-handed dunk.
GW shot well by knocking down 51 percent from the field, but committed 28 turnovers in its first of two preseason games of the year. Only two Colonials had more assists than turnovers in the game, sophomore point guard T.J. Thompson (Germantown, MD/Newport) with four assists and two turnovers and Greg Collucci (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/Cardinal Newman) with three assists and a pair of miscues.
The EA Sports All-Stars (0-2) were led by former San Francisco Don Damien Cantrell's team-high 21 points and former New Mexico State standout Clyde Jordan's 12 rebounds. EA Sports lost a 97-94 decision at Alabama Friday in their only other game.
GW (0-0) has one more exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Smith Center before opening the regular season Nov. 25, against Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center.