GW Men's Hoops Dismantles D-II No. 8 Bowie State, 92-65
Kromah Leads Way With 23 Points in Return
Nov. 6, 2011
WASHINGTON - In its exhibition debut under new head coach Mike Lonergan, the George Washington men's basketball team eased by Bowie State, the nation's No. 8 ranked NCAA Division II team, 92-65 at Charles E. Smith Center Sunday evening.
The backcourt duo of senior Tony Taylor and junior Lasan Kromah combined for 35 points, 15 assists and seven steals to lead the Colonials past the Bulldogs in exhibition play for the second year in a row. GW posted an 82-64 win over BSU one year earlier.
Kromah, in his first live game action since the end of his rookie campaign in 2010, led all players with 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting and added six assists, while Taylor posted a near double-double with 12 points and nine assists along with a game-high five steals. Senior Aaron Ware also reached double-figures with 12 points, including 8-of-9 at the foul line, in 18 minutes off the bench.
GW set an up-tempo pace from the opening tip, raced out to a double-digit lead just over seven minutes into the contest and never looked back.
Freshman John Kopriva scored three straight baskets, punctuated by a transition dunk via Taylor's steal and pass, for an early 8-2 lead that forced a Bowie State timeout 1:27 into the game. The margin continued to swell as Taylor found junior David Pellom with a no-look, alley-oop pass that pushed the Colonials' lead to 20-11 and forced the Bulldogs' second timeout with 12:50 left in the opening half.
The Colonials continued to extend their lead, finishing 20-of-33 from the field (60.6%) and turning 14 BSU turnovers into 17 points over the opening 20 minutes, en route to a 51-26 lead at the break.
Bowie State began the second half with dunks from center Travis Hyman and forward Byron Westmorland to close to within 52-30, but Kromah scored the next eight points to ignite a 14-0 run that propelled the Colonials to a comfortable 36-point cushion with 15:22 remaining.
GW's defensive pressure produced a whopping 31 turnovers and 18 steals that led to 33 points on the offensive end. The Colonials also owned a 46-32 edge in points in the paint behind Kromah's penetration into the lane and nine points each from Kopriva and Pellom.
Guard Bryan Wilson made all six of his shots and led Bowie State with 16 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Jay Gavin was the only other Bulldogs' player in double-figures with 13. Preseason All-CIAA picks Hyman (four points, 2-11 shooting) and Darren Clark (eight points, 1-6 shooting) were held to 12 points on 3-of-17 shooting.
GW will officially open the Mike Lonergan era this coming Friday against UMES at Charles E. Smith Center at 7:00 p.m. The game can be viewed live on GW All-Access and heard live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1050 AM.
The Department of Athletics and Recreation will shut down G Street in front of Smith Center for the Home Opener Tailgate starting at 4:00 p.m.