Men's Basketball Downs EA Sports All-Stars, 87-64, in Final Preseason Exhibition
Nov. 15, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - GW freshman J.R. Pinnock (McDonough, GA/Coastal Christian) was nearly unstoppable in leading the Colonials with game-highs in points with 18 and rebounds with 10 as GW dispatched EA Sports Southeast All-Stars in a preseason exhibition game Saturday afternoon at Smith Center. The preseason A-10 All-Rookie selection showed his multi-faceted game by hitting 9-11 field goals, grabbing 10 rebounds, dishing three assists and even blocking a shot by following an All-Star to the basket and pinning his shot to the backboard. He also dazzled the crowd with a one-handed put-back dunk in the first half.
As good as Pinnock was, he wasn't alone. GW coach Karl Hobbs saw to it that 14 of the players on the GW roster got into the action and 12 of them scored. Sophomore Pops Mensah-Bonsu and freshman Ricky Lucas were the other Colonials in double figures with 10 points each while junior point guard T.J. Thompson dished 10 assists and grabbed a pair of steals.
"It's nice when you have a freshman who comes in and does the things he did today," Hobbs said of Pinnock. "He gave us a lot of energy on the defensive end. He does a great job of getting out on the break, and he did a terrifc job of attacking the glass. I'm very pleased with all the young guys, particularly in the second half. They really played very, very hard defensively."
GW shot better than 50 percent (37-70) for the second straight outing as their fast-breaking style led to several dunks and layups. GW shot 20-39 in the first half en route to a 48-34 lead while EA Sports, playing its fourth game in four days, shot just 32 percent (9-28) in the first half.
"Athletically, they are as good as anybody," EA Sports Coach Phil Bryant said after the game. "That includes Wake Forest, Duke, Maryland, Florida, and all of those. They're very athletic top to bottom."
As in their first exhibition game, the Colonials again owned a huge advantage on the boards with a 47-29 rebounding advantage led by Pinnock's 10 rebounds.
The All-Stars were led by former Syracuse standout Lawrence Moten's team-high 15 points and former IUPUI player Josh Murray's eight rebounds.
GW (0-0) plays its season-opener Friday, Nov. 21 at Charlotte in a preview of what will become an Atlantic 10 Conference match-up beginning in 2005-06.