No. 21 George Washington Clobbers Kennesaw State, 87-42
Mike Hall's 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Nov. 23, 2005
WASHINGTON (AP) - No. 21 George Washington beat Kennesaw State 87-42 on Wednesday night behind Mike Hall's 22 points and 10 rebounds in a game that looked exactly like what it was: a nationally ranked team against a Division I newcomer.
Hall shot 7-for-7 in the first half and finished 10-for-12 en route to a career high in points. The senior - who also declared for then pulled out of the June draft - surpassed his previous best of 19 with a dunk 3 1/2 minutes into the second half that made it 51-25.
Carl Elliott added 14 points, and Maureece Rice had 11 of his 13 in the second half for the Colonials, who were the last team in the AP preseason poll to play a regular-season game. They won their 17th straight home opener, before a crowd of 2,217.
Ronnell Wooten scored 10 for Kennesaw State (1-3), which won the 2003-04 Division II championship and moved up this year to the Atlantic Sun Conference. Already shorter than GW at every position, Kennesaw State found itself in more trouble when center Dusty Moore, at 6-foot-8 the Owls' tallest starter, picked up three fouls in the first 3 minutes and sat the rest of the half.
The highlight for the Owls had to be the 6-4 Wooten's one-handed dunk over 6-11 Alex Kireev to pull the visitors to 25-17 about 11 1/2 minutes into the game. But Kennesaw State made only one more basket in the half and trailed 39-19 at the break.
Using occasional full-court pressure and trapping defense, George Washington harassed the Owls into 26 turnovers and limited them to 32-percent shooting. GW held a 43-28 rebounding edge.
Kennesaw State's Golden Ingle, who entered averaging a team-high 18.7 points, was held to seven on 3-of-12 shooting.
Last season, the Colonials won 22 games and were the Atlantic-10 champions, earning an NCAA tournament berth. With four returning starters led by Mensah-Bonsu and Hall, GW was in the AP preseason men's basketball poll for the third time.
During pregame layups, Mensah-Bonsu stood on the sideline and held up his right hand for high-fives from teammates.
Mensah-Bonsu - who received votes for the AP's 2005-06 preseason All-America team and was selected to the A-10 all-conference first team - also will miss games against Norfolk State and St. Francis, Pa.
The senior forward is allowed to practice with the Colonials and can make his season debut Dec. 2 against Boston University.