Men's Basketball "Finnishes" Team Vantaa, 95-63, in Final Exhibition
Monroe, Collucci Propel Colonials
Nov. 10, 2001
WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 10) - Two games into the preseason, Chris Monroe (Hyattsville, MD/Good Counsel) found his stroke against Team Vantaa. The Colonials' junior struck for a game-high 23 points on 7-for-13 shooting including a pair of threes, seven rebounds and four assists to power GW past the Pussihukat Club of Finland Saturday night at GW's Smith Center. Sophomore Greg Collucci (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/Cardinal Newman) also had the hot hand hitting six three-pointers en route to his unofficial career-high 21 points. Collucci finished the preseason with 9-18 shooting from beyond the arc.
Freshman T.J. Thompson (Germantown, MD/Newport) had his second straight solid outing with an 11-point, 10-assist double-double and seemed a step quicker than the opposition by coming up with four steals in the game.
GW raced out to a 7-0 lead in the game's opening minute before Vantaa rallied to tie the game at 10-10 at the 12:57 mark. That was as close as the visitors would get as GW put together a 17-3 run over the next nine minutes and essentially put the game away by halftime.
The Colonials led by as much as 37 in the second half as the contest deteriorated into more of a formal practice than a competitive game. New head coach Karl Hobbs's squad averaged 97 points in its two preseason exhibition games as it prepares for the season-opener against Marshall.
Hobbs has to be encouraged with the performances of his starting five. Senior Jaason Smith (Boston, MA/Winchendon) averaged 19.5 points in the preseason while freshman Tamal Forchion (Willingboro, NJ/Roman Catholic) grabbed seven rebounds Saturday and blocked three shots in the two games.
GW again shot well Saturday hitting on 51 percent (32-63) from the field, and reduced its turnovers to 15 down from 22 a week ago.
Team Vantaa was led by former Purdue Boilermaker Greg McQuay's 16 points and nine rebounds. Teammate Timo Parviainen matched McQuay's 16-point effort.
GW (0-0) won both of its preseason exhibition games at Smith Center and open 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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