Men's Basketball Flies by Howard, 84-75
Bo Zeigler goes for 16 points on six dunks; Yuta Watanabe finishes with 19 points, 11 boards, seven blocks
WASHINGTON -- Sparked by the aerial theatrics of Bo Ziegler, who twice converted alley-oops straight from a baseline inbounds pass, the GW men's basketball team outlasted crosstown foe Howard, 84-75, in both team's season opener on Friday night in the Smith Center.
Zeigler finished with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including six dunks, and was one of five Colonials in double figures in an all-around offensive effort in which GW connected at a .534 clip from the field. Senior Yuta Watanabe led the way for GW with 19 points (8-of-11 fg) and 11 rebounds, while swatting seven Bison shots on the other end.
Sophomore point man Jair Bolden bucketed 17 for the GW cause, nine of which came courtesy of a 3-for-7 effort from long range, while grad student Patrick Steeves enjoyed a stat-sheet-stuffing 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Arnaldo Toro was the fifth Colonial in double figures with 11, sinking seven of those at the free throw line in a team-high 11 attempts.
Making his collegiate debut, Terry Nolan Jr. saw his lone bucket of the game come as GW's first to get the home team off to a 3-0 lead, while the freshman from Baltimore had a game-high tying six assists.
Thanks to GW's nine dunks, the Colonials dominated the paint, slaying the Bison to the tune of a 40-16 advantage inside. It was a similar song on the other end where GW out-blocked the opposition 10-1. The interior presence limited Howard to a 23-of-65 (.354) shooting night, though the squad was able to get 19 points at the free throw line.
RJ Cole paced Howard with a game-high 23 points, while Charles Williams gave the visitors a pair of 20-point scorers with his 21.
Up next GW heads to Tallahassee seeking revenge against the Florida State Seminoles who downed the Colonials last year in the BB&T Classic. Tip time from Florida is 7pm on Tuesday and can be seen regionally on NBC Sports Washington.
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