Morgan can't keep up with G. Washington

No. 19 Colonials score game's first 22 points

Bears slip to 0-9

George Washington 102 Morgan State 75

College basketball

December 11, 2005|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Everything went wrong for Morgan State at the start of last night's game with No. 19 George Washington at Hill Field House. The Colonials overwhelmed the Bears on defense, found a number of wide-open shots and reeled off the game's first 22 points.

But Morgan State didn't quit. The Bears began hitting outside shots and cut the lead to five early in the second half before George Washington took over. Pops Mensah-Bonsu finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots to help the Colonials pull away for a 102-75 victory.

George Washington improved to 7-0 for the first time since the 1992-93 season but had to work for it. Morgan State (0-9) stayed in the game with strong outside shooting, making 10 of 22 three-point shots and settling down after the shaky start to make coach Butch Beard very happy.

"There was no pressure on us," Beard said. "I think that we competed [for a longer stretch] than we did all year. Hopefully, this takes us somewhere."

Morgan State had major problems with George Washington's aggressive defense. The Colonials extended their defense so much that the Bears couldn't get the ball within 30 feet of the basket in the opening minutes. But when they settled down, the Bears began to slice the lead.

Tyree Spinner, a walk-on power forward from the football team playing in just his second game, made all three of his three-pointers and finished with 12 points. His outside shooting played a big role in helping the Bears make eight three-pointers and cut the halftime deficit to 54-42.

"They did a terrific job in the first half of making threes," George Washington coach Karl Hobbs said. "Those threes kept them in the game."

Marcus Gomes (14 points) also made three three-pointers while Joseph McLean (15 points) added two threes. The long-range shooting helped Morgan State rally from the 22-0 deficit and cut the lead to 59-54 early in the second half.

Sophomore point guard T.J. Mathis also helped the Bears rally. He finished with 10 points and three assists, and his speed often created problems for the Colonials, who also helped Morgan State stay close by committing 21 turnovers.

But Morgan State simply couldn't handle George Washington's size and quickness. The Bears had no answer for the 6-foot-9, 240-pound Mensah-Bonsu.

They also found trouble with guard Danilo Pinnock, who scored a game-high 23 points with five assists. Guard Carl Elliott added 17 points as he made five of six three-pointers. The Colonials made 65 percent of their shots from the field (35-for-54).

Mathis said the Bears didn't want a repeat of their opener, a 118-51 loss in Washington, and tried to turn up the intensity after the slow start.

"We came out a little flat, but we didn't mean to," Mathis said. "They came out and jumped on us early, and we [rallied], but it's hard to hold that same energy for the whole game."

GEORGE WASHINGTON-Williams 3-4 5-7 11, Pinnock 7-10 7-11 23, Hall 1-3 3-4 5, Mensah-Bonsu 6-8 6-11 18, Elliott 6-7 0-0 17, McDonald 3-4 2-8 8, Diggs 0-3 0-0 0, Kireev 1-1 0-0 2, Wilmore 1-3 0-0 3, Rice 7-11 0-0 15. Totals 35-54 23-41 102. MORGAN STATE-Mathis 4-13 1-2 10, McLean 6-14 1-3 15, Lee 2-4 0-0 4, Gomes 5-11 1-2 14, Berkeley 1-8 0-1 2, Lymas 0-3 2-2 2, Reed 1-6 2-2 5, Warfield 2-5 3-3 7, Spinner 4-9 1-4 12, McIver 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 26-74 13-21 75. Halftime-GW, 54-42. 3-point goals-GW 9-18 (Pinnock 2-3, Hall 0-1, Elliott 5-6, McDonald 0-1, Diggs 0-1 Wilmore 1-3, Rice 1-3); Morgan State 10-22 (Mathis 1-4, McLean 2-3, Gomes 3-7, Lymas 0-1, Reed 1-2, Warfield 0-2, Spinner 3-3). Fouled out-Morgan State (Lee). Rebounds-GW 40 (Mensah-Bonsu 11); Morgan State 36 (McLean 7). Assists-GW 20 (Three tied, 3); Morgan State 12 (Mathis 3). Total fouls-GW 20; Morgan State 27. A-2,173.

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