Men's Basketball Speaks Universal's Language, Defeats All-Stars, 94-84, in Final Preseason Exhibition
Nov. 14, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC - GW senior All-America candidate Chris Monroe (Hyattsville, MD/Good Counsel) scored 23 first-half points en route to a 32-point outburst to lead the Colonials past Universal All-Stars, 94-84, in the final preseason exhibition Thursday night at GW's Smith Center.
For a while it looked as though it was Monroe against the All-Stars but the young Colonials' freshmen made significant contributions in the second half. Foremost of these was Chicago-native Mike Hall (Chicago, IL/Shepard) who registered a double-double wityh 13 points and 14 rebounds. Fellow freshman Pops Mensah-Bonsu (London, England/St. Augustine Prep) also scored 12 points with seven boards.
Plagued by a rough shooting spell to open the game, GW played from behind through much of the first half but were always within striking distance. The Colonials took just their second lead of the game at the 3:59 mark on a pair of free throws by Monroe and managed a 39-36 cushion at the break.
GW pushed its lead to as much as 13 (60-47) seven minutes into the second half before Universal closed to within eight 20 seconds later on a pair of free throws and a three-pointer by former Nebraska-Omaha standout Alvin Mitchell.
The Colonials maintained a 9-13 point lead the rest of the way and coasted to the victory. For the second straight game, an opponent was whistled for two technicals as former Memphis star Jermaine Ousley was given a technical with less than a minute left in the first half and Creighton standout Ben Walker was slapped with a technical less than two minutes into the second half. Monroe converted all four free throws as a result.
"The two things that I'm most pleased about are that we shot extremely well from the free-throw line and we did a terrific job against a physical, tough team on the backboard," said GW coach Karl Hobbs.
GW caught fire in the second half shooting 55 percent (18-33) from the field and converting 78 percent of its free throws for the game. The Colonials also cut down on their turnovers commiting just 15 Thursday compared to 28 miscues in their first exhibition game on Nov. 3.
The Universal All-Stars (0-2) were led by Mitchell's team-high 20 points and seven assists. Former Illinois State standout Shederick Ford added 19 points as the All-Stars hit 42 percent of their shots. Universal lost a 72-68 decision at Memphis Nov. 5 in their only other game.
GW (0-0) opens the regular season Nov. 25, against No. 14 Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center.