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George Washington Nipped By Gonzaga, 96-91

T.J. Thompson denies the open lane from Ronny  Turiaf.  Thompson also scored 28 points.
T.J. Thompson denies the open lane from Ronny Turiaf. Thompson also scored 28 points.

Dec 7, 2003

Box Score

AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ronny Turiaf matched his career-high with 29 points, and Gonzaga's inside game was too much for George Washington in the 17th-ranked Bulldogs' 96-91 victory Sunday in the championship game of the BB&T Classic.

Gonzaga took control of a close game early in the second half with a series of power moves and dunks that simply outmuscled the smaller Colonials. Turiaf led the way, making 9 of 14 field goals, 10 of 12 free throws and grabbing six rebounds.

Backup guard Erroll Knight added 18 points for the Bulldogs (6-1), allowing Blake Stepp to have a rare quiet game. Stepp scored just five points, his lowest output since last December, although he also had five rebounds and four assists.

T.J. Thompson scored a career-high 28 points, making 7 of 12 3-pointers, to lead George Washington (5-2). Thompson was on a tear in the first half, scoring 22 of his team's 52 points, but he was just 1-for-7 from the field in the second half.

The Colonials were 7-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half, enough to build a 52-47 lead, but they made just 2 of 11 3-point attempts in the second half.

Thompson made three 3-pointers to account for 12 of George Washington's first 15 points. Turiaf was strong from the start, but his 2-point dunks couldn't keep pace with Thompson's 3-pointers.

The score was tied at 57 early in the second half when the Bulldogs started to pull away with a 16-5 run that included two dunks from Sean Mallon and a three-point play from Cory Violette. An alley-oop to Turiaf got the lead to 14 with 8:20 to play.

George Washington rallied to cut the lead to three on Carl Elliott's 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds remaining, but Kyle Bankhead made two free throws to keep the lead safe.



West Virginia beat Maryland 78-77 in overtime in the third-place game.

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