Pinnock leads 21st-ranked GW past Norfolk State
=== Pinnock leads 21st-ranked GW past Norfolk State ===
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Danilo Pinnock had 19 points to lead 21st-
ranked George Washington to an 80-69 win over Norfolk State at the Charles E.
Mike Hall chipped in 18 and Montrell McDonald scored 12 for the Colonials
(2-0), who played the second of a four-game homestand to open the season.
In addition, the team played for the second consecutive contest without
suspended star forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who will be sidelined for the next
game as well after NCAA violations dealing with his early declaration for the
Tony Murphy poured in a game-high 25 points, which included six three-
pointers, and Karandick Ogunride netted 16 for the Spartans (0-4), who will
now try and get their first win of the year on Wednesday night when the school
George Washington jumped out to a six-point lead on Alex Kireev’s jumper, but
the visitors came back and grabbed a 12-11 lead on Murphy’s three-pointer with
14 minutes left in the first half.
The Colonials, though, answered with six straight points, keyed by five by
Hall, to pull ahead for good. The margin grew to seven moments later when Omar
Williams’ jumper made it 21-14 with 9:46 left in the stanza and George
Washington led by as many as 14 points in the half.
Murphy’s three late in the period trimmed the halftime deficit to 40-31.
Hall hit 5-of-7 shots and scored 13 points for the Colonials, while Murphy hit
a trio of three-pointers and had nine points for Norfolk State in the opening
George Washington opened the second half with a 9-0 surge, keyed by five
points from Pinnock, to take a 49-31 lead with around 17 minutes left in the
The Spartans, though, would not go away without a fight.
Ogunride’s three-point play with just over three minutes remaining capped a
6-0 run and brought Norfolk State to within 72-64. However, the Colonials
quickly asserted their dominance once again as they scored four straight
points to grab a double-digit lead and put the game out of reach.
The Colonials made 29-of-60 shots (48 percent) and hit on 10-of-21 three-point
tries, while the Spartans made 25-of-58 attempts (43 percent) and 8-of-17 from
behind the arc…George Washington improved to 37-13 at home under head coach
Karl Hobbs…This was the first-ever meeting between the schools.