BALTIMORE (AP) -- George Washington was too big, too quick and
too strong for Morgan State.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks,
and teammate Danilo Pinnock scored a game-high 23 points to help
the Colonials (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 AP) defeat the undermanned Bears, 102-75, on
The Colonials scored the game's first 22 points and were
breezing early until the Bears started hitting 3-pointers and got
within five points early in the second half.
"I just told them just to relax," George Washington coach Karl
Hobbs said. "I [said] to maintain our poise and relax."
George Washington (7-0) is off to its best start in 13 years.
The Colonials shot 65 percent from the field, making 35 of 54
attempts. But they had 21 turnovers and made only 23 of 41
free-throw attempts, allowing Morgan State (0-9) to stay close
enough to make a run.
After falling behind 22-0, the Bears refused to quit.
"It was about pride for us," Morgan State guard T.J. Mathis
But Pinnock and Mensah-Bonsu helped the Colonials take command
in the final part of the game. The Bears had no answer for the size
and athletic ability of the Colonials, who created open shots all
over the court.
The 6-foot-9 Mensah-Bonsu dominated play inside.
"We didn't have anyone who could guard him," Morgan State
coach Butch Beard said.
After the Colonials' game-opening run, Morgan State began
hitting outside shots. Tyree Spinner made all three of his 3-point
attempts in the first half, and the Bears hit 8 of 12 3-pointers to
get within 54-42 at halftime.
Morgan State cut the Colonials' lead to 59-54 early in the
second half, but George Washington responded with six- and
nine-point runs to take control.