George Washington Upsets No. 12 Maryland, 101-92

Dec. 5, 2004

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WASHINGTON (AP) - T.J. Thompson scored 27 points and George Washington upset No. 12 Maryland 101-92 on Sunday in the championship game of the BB&T Classic, the Colonials' fifth straight victory.

J.R. Pinnock added 22 points and Omar Williams scored 11 of his 14 in the second half for the Colonials (5-1), who beat No. 11 Michigan State 96-83 in the semifinals. George Washington's only loss was the season opener at top-ranked Wake Forest.

John Gilchrist led Maryland (4-2) with 23 points, while Nik Caner-Medley had 16 and James Gist and Travis Garrison each added 12. Maryland, which made only 14 of 28 free throws, has lost two of three.

George Washington claimed its third BB&T championship and denied the Terrapins their fifth in the tournament's 10-year history.

Maryland rebounded from an eight-point deficit at halftime to take a 58-57 lead on Gist's tipin 5:46 into the second half. Gist, a freshman reserve, scored 10 points in 3{ minutes to spark the struggling Terrapins.

But the Colonials broke the Maryland press, getting 3-pointers from Thompson and Hall, and Ricky Lucas capped a 15-9 spurt by scoring on an offensive rebound for a 76-69 lead.

Two baskets by Gilchrist got the Terrapins within 83-82, but Williams drained a 3-pointer from the right side and Pinnock hit a short jumper to put George Washington up 88-82.

Pinnock's slam on a fast break made it 94-89 with 41 seconds left and the Colonials hit seven of eight free throws down the stretch.

George Washington shot 59 percent (20-for-34) from the field and took advantage of 10 Maryland turnovers to score 12 points en route to a 49-41 halftime lead. The Colonials were 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.



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