GW Men's Basketball Runs Past Randolph-Macon, 106-45, in Final Preseason Exhibition
Six Different Colonials Score in Double-Figures
Nov. 10, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC -- Visiting Randolph-Macon won the opening tip-off and scored the first basket of the game but it was all George Washington after that as the Colonials cruised to a 106-45 victory in a preseason exhibition romp Wednesday night at GW's Smith Center. Six different Colonials scored in double figures led by sophomores J.R. Pinnock (McDonough, GA) with 17 points and Carl Elliott (Brooklyn, NY) with 16.
The Division III Yellow Jackets shot just 19.4 percent from the field in the first half and committed half of their 24 turnovers as GW raced out to a 51-14 halftime lead.
Junior Pops Mensah-Bonsu (London, England) dazzled the crowd with a thundering ally-oop dunk off a long lob pass from highly-touted freshman Maureece Rice (Philadelphia, PA) in the first half. Rice looked comfortable in his first collegiate game hitting 5-6 shots, including 2-3 three-pointers, for 12 points and had a pair of assists and a pair of steals in 17 minutes.
The lopsided margin allowed GW coach Karl Hobbs to empty his bench in the second half. All 15 players on the Colonials' roster got into the action and 12 of them scored. Juniors Mike Hall (Chicago, IL) and Mensah-Bonsu, along with sophomore Ricky Lucas (Herndon, VA), and Rice were the other Colonials in double figures. Elliott dished a team-high six of the Colonials' 21 assists in the game.
"I like the fact that we got out and ran a little bit," Hobbs said. "And we didn't practice tonight; we played somebody who was different from what we've been used to the last few weeks [in practice]. But to be honest, I'm not sure what we can take from it, because what we will face Monday [at No. 2 Wake Forest] will be different in every phase--speed, style of play, the whole nine yards."
GW shot nearly 60 percent (38-66) as its fast-breaking style led to several dunks and layups. The Colonials also owned a huge advantage on the boards (46-31) led by Omar Williams' eight rebounds.
GW (0-0) plays its season-opener Monday, Nov. 15 at No. 2 Wake Forest (0-0) in a nationally televised Preseason N.I.T. game from Winston-Salem, NC, on ESPN2.
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