Kromah Explodes for 21 to Lead GW Past UMBC, 94-51

Nov. 21, 2009

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Freshman Lasan Kromah scored a game-high 21 points, including 6-for-9 from three-point range, in leading George Washington to its third straight victory with a 94-51 romp over visiting UMBC Saturday at GW's Charles E. Smith Center.

Kromah, who made his first six 3-point attempts, scored 20 points in the first half for the Colonials. GW shot 67.7 percent in the first half, including 9-for-13 from beyond the arc. Damian Hollis added 12 points.

George Washington used pressure defense, forcing four turnovers before the Retrievers (0-3) attempted a shot. The Colonials scored the first nine points of the game and closed the first half with a 33-15 run over the final 8:14 for a 59-28 halftime lead. The 59 points was five shy of the Smith Center record for points in a half by the Colonials who, in 1984, tallied 64 in the second half against Morgan State.

Shawn Grant scored 14 points for the Retrievers, who shot 30.6 (19-62) from the field in their first road game of the season. Kromah added four steals and made all three of his free throws in 21 minutes of playing time.

Hobbs played all 15 healthy Colonials including walk-ons Jeff Alston, J.P. Cotton and Michael Conward who made the most of his three minutes with a put-back, rebound and a blocked shot.

"We have the ability to play a great number of guys," GW coach Karl Hobbs said after the game. "At any point, I want them to give us three minutes of everything they have. I thought they did that. Our objective is to wear the opposing team down and then to take over the second half."

GW hosts Princeton Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the second of five straight home games. The game will be will be broadcast live on 1500 AM and 820 AM and via the Internet: and

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