Men's Basketball Falls To Western Kentucky
Nov 16, 2001
By STEVE BAILEY
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Chris Marcus scored 19 points and Derek Robinson had 17 as Western Kentucky beat George Washington 73-48 Friday night in the championship game of the NABC Classic.
The two combined for 16 rebounds as the Hilltoppers (2-0) outrebounded the Colonials 47-37 less than 24 hours after stunning No. 4 Kentucky on the Wildcats' home floor to advance to the title game.
Filip Videnov added 14 points, finishing 4-of-9 from 3-point range, and Raynardo Curry scored 11 for Western Kentucky.
Chris Monroe scored 13 points to lead George Washington (1-1), which shot only 28 percent from the field and turned the ball over 18 times.
Western Kentucky fared better from the field, hitting 41 percent of its shots, including 9-of-31 on 3-pointers. The Hilltoppers did, however, score 24 points off George Washington turnovers to blow the game open in the second half.
The 7-foot-2, 290-pound Marcus, considered one of the country's best big men, was 6-of-8 on field goals and 7-of-8 from the line and pulled down 10 rebounds to claim the tournament's most valuable player award.
Both teams struggled to find the basket early. Tied at 11 midway through the first half, the Hilltoppers outscored the Colonials 17-9 the rest of the way to lead 28-20 at halftime.
A 9-0 run early in the second half gave Western Kentucky a 47-28 lead. Leading 47-38, a 12-0 run - capped by Robinson's third 3-pointer - put the Hilltoppers up 59-38 with 6:22 remaining.
The lead ballooned to as many as 25 several times down the stretch as Western Kentucky's fans chanted "W-K-U, W-K-U" in anticipation of the tournament title.
Also making the all-tournament team were Robinson, Monroe, Kentucky's Keith
Bogans and Marshall's Tamar Slay. The Wildcats beat Marshall 90-73 in the
tournament's consolation game.