Men's Basketball Downs Universal All-Stars, 97-74, in First Preseason Exhibition

Nov. 8, 2003

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WASHINGTON, DC - GW sophomore Pops Mensah-Bonsu was one of five different Colonials in double-figure scoreing with a team-high 14 points as George Washington posted a 97-74 victory over Universal All-Stars in the first of two preseason exhibition games Saturday night at GW's Smith Center.

Junior point guard T.J. Thompson (13 points), freshman J.R. Pinnock (11 points), and sophomores Mike Hall and Omar Williams with 10 points each also tallied double-figure scoring.

GW shot 40 percent (14-35) in the first half en route to a 43-37 lead while Universal shot 48 percent (12-25) in the first half before GW's defense clamped down. "Early in the second half, we stepped up the defense and the pressure," said GW coach Karl Hobbs. "We didn't allow them to reverse the ball as quickly. In the first half, some of our turnovers created easy baskets and we didn't get a chance to defend them. If you take away a few of them, their shooting percentage would've been less, but obviously I was very displeased with that percentage."

GW caught fire in the second half shooting 60 percent (24-40) from the field and outscored Universal, 54-37 in the second half.

The Colonials owned the boards with a 47-37 rebounding advantage led by Williams' game-high nine rebounds.

Pinnock, an Atlantic 10 preseason All-Rookie selection, electrified the crowd with several dunks but also commited three of GW's 22 turnovers. "At times it was just being anxious, at others it was being the first game," Pinnock said. "I think I ended up with three, but it's my first college game ever. I can't lie to you, I had some butterflies in my stomach. I got the ball on my first play, and I turn it over. I can't speak for the other guys, but for me [playing college basketball] was a dream come true, so I was a little nervous."



The All-Stars (0-2) were led by former Creighton standout Larry House's game-high 17 points and eight rebounds. Universal lost a 116-70 decision at Memphis Nov. 4 in their only other game.

GW (0-0) plays its second exhibition game Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1:00 p.m. against EA Sports before opening the regular season Nov. 21 at Charlotte.

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