Men's Hoops Holds Off Florida International, 76-67

Nov 25, 2003

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WASHINGTON (AP)-Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 20 points and T.J. Thompson added 18 to lead George Washington to a 76-67 victory over Florida International on Tuesday night.

After trailing by 17 points in the first half, FIU went on a 22-5 run and pulled within three at 60-57 on Taurance Johnson's follow with 5:43 remaining. That was as close as the Golden Panthers (1-2) got to the Colonials (2-0), who led the entire game.

Carlos Morban sparked FIU's comeback with 27 points and seven steals. Morban and Johnson, who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, were ineligible for the Golden Panthers' first two games because of an administrative error.

Omar Williams had nine points and six rebounds for George Washington.

Thompson had four steals and four assists for the Colonials, who opened in a full-court press and took an 8-0 lead before the Golden Panthers launched their first shot.

FIU committed eight turnovers in the first four minutes and failed to score until Morban's steal and layup with 14:47 remaining in the half.



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