RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- George Washington is known for its
athleticism, from high-flying Pops Mensah-Bonsu's dunking to their
speedy guards who always keep the tempo cranked.
But the Colonials (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today; No. 7 AP) can slow it down, too, and still
Maureece Rice scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half and
fellow guard Carl Elliott had all 13 of his after halftime as the
Colonials played at Richmond's deliberate pace and beat the Spiders
64-51 on Saturday night. The victory came 13 days after George
Washington nearly ran Richmond out of Washington, winning 80-55.
And it showed how ready the Colonials are for their
"Reece is a flat-out scorer, and me, I'm the guy that's going
to distribute the ball," Elliott said. "I think we play well off
each other. If he's not feeling it, I may be feeling it, and if I'm
not feeling it, he may be feeling it.
"Today it was good that we were both on together."
Rice made his first six shots, and Elliott had three second-half
The pair enabled the Colonials (22-1, 12-0 Atlantic 10) to
withstand a 23-point night by Richmond's Jermaine Bucknor, who made
6 of 9 from 3-point territory.
"If he doesn't make those threes, the game doesn't look like
the pace had any effect on us," Colonials coach Karl Hobbs said.
"He was just magnificent."
The loss was the sixth in a row for Richmond (11-14, 4-7), which
continues to struggle to find the outside shooting to fit
first-year coach Chris Mooney's style. Besides Bucknor, the Spiders
were 4-for-24 from behind the arc, or 16.5 percent.
"I think we put ourselves in a position to win and if we made a
few more shots fall, I think we would have been able to do that,"
The Colonials led 35-22 at halftime and opened their lead to as
many as 16 in the second half before Bucknor made three 3s in a
three-minute span, allowing Richmond to pull to 50-43 and get the
crowd of 8,182 thinking something was ready to happen.
Elliott responded, scoring eight of the Colonials' points in a
10-0 run to wipe away the suspense. Two 3-pointers just 40 seconds
apart ended the burst.
The victory was George Washington's first at the Robins Center
since Dec. 22, 1979 and ended a five-game losing streak here, the
last four as Atlantic 10 rivals.
It also showed Mooney how good the Colonials can be.
"One thing they don't get enough credit for is the way they
pass the ball," he said. "I think everybody sees how fast they
are and how athletic they are and they underestimate how skillful
Mensah-Bonsu added 10 points and nine rebounds and Danilo
Pinnock had 12 points and five assists for George Washington, which
shot 52 percent overall.
Oumar Sylla added 12 points for the Spiders, who shot just 37.5
percent and were outrebounded 35-25. George Washington also
outscored Richmond 36-14 in the paint.
The Colonials led 20-17 when Mensah-Bonsu sparked a 14-3 run
with a huge fast break dunk in the first half. Five other players
scored in the burst, and Pinnock finished it with another dunk,
giving George Washington a 34-20 lead 1:13 before halftime.