GW improves its chances in 66-62 win Colonials' win over Penn avoids game vs. Jayhawks

December 08, 1997|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON -- After his team's 66-62 win over Penn last night, George Washington coach Mike Jarvis characterized the performance as a shrewd act of self-preservation.

"You're in a game that you're expected to win, and if you lose, you're playing Kansas tomorrow," Jarvis said. "That would have been worse than anything that I could imagine."

Instead, George Washington (6-2) gets Maryland (the team that beat Kansas, 86-83, earlier yesterday), thanks to 21 points from center Alexander Koul and 20 points from forward Yegor Mescheriakov.

The game between Maryland and George Washington will be a rematch of last year's first-round game in the Franklin National Bank Classic, which the Colonials lost, 74-68.

Jarvis said the rematch doesn't hold much significance for him. "This isn't boxing," he said. "You can't make up for any loss from a year ago."

Mescheriakov's jumper with 26.1 seconds gave the Colonials a 64-62 lead and sent the unsavory next-round assignment to Penn (3-3), which lost a game in which it led most of the way.

The Quakers controlled the first half from the outside, hitting seven of 10 three-pointers. Sophomore guard Garrett Kreitz was a major factor for Penn, hitting five three-pointers in the period as his team held a 34-29 lead at halftime.

However, GW used its bulkier front line of Koul, Mescheriakov and Pat Ngongba (Calvert Hall) to its advantage.

Koul scored the Colonials' first five points of the second half, narrowing the margin to 37-34 before picking up his fourth foul with 17: 05 left in the game.

With Koul out of the game, reserve Francisco de Miranda emerged, picking up several key baskets as GW went on a 20-6 run to go ahead 54-47 with 7: 28 left.

Penn used two quick baskets by guard Michael Jordan and a three-pointer by Kreitz to take a 56-54 lead with 4: 36 left in the game. Kreitz's bank shot made it 62-58, Penn, with 2: 51 left.

Kreitz scored a game-high 24.

Pub Date: 12/08/97

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