No. 17/16 George Washington Downs No. 11/10 Georgia 66-54
Beck Leads Charge With 18 Points
Dec. 28, 2006
SAN DIEGO, CA (AP) - Kimberly Beck scored 18 points to help No. 17 George Washington upset No. 11 Georgia 66-54 in the first round of the Surf 'N Slam Classic on Thursday night.
George Washington (10-2) won its third straight by going on a 12-1 run in the second half against the sloppy Bulldogs (11-2). The Colonials scored 23 points off 24 Georgia turnovers.
Assistant coach Mike Bozeman served as acting coach in the absence of head coach Joe McKeown, who is recovering from Dec. 18 knee surgery. Bozeman, however, was quick to give credit to GW's 18-year veteran coach. "This team is coach's Cadillac, I'm just borrowing the car," said a jubilant Bozeman following the game.
Junior Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored 12 points, including several clutch free throws late in the game. Senior Kenan Cole added 11 points, including a key three-pointer which halted a 3:51 Colonials' scoreless streak midway through the second half. Junior Whitney Allen capped the victory with a late-in-the-shot clock three-pointer with 45 seconds remaining and finished with nine points and five boards.
Georgia's Tasha Humphrey had 16 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 4:05 left. Angel Robinson added 15 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs.
George Washington has defeated a ranked opponent in five straight seasons. This was their biggest win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 7 Rutgers 63-58 on Dec. 4, 1999.
George Washington will play San Diego State in the final Saturday. Georgia will play Brown in the consolation game.Notes: Junior Kimberly Beck passed Marlo Egleston to move into fifth place on the GW career assists list, handing out five helpers to increase her total to 407