Thursday , Dec , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

No. 19 George Washington storms past Panthers

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Pops Mensah-Bonsu poured in 15 points and
grabbed eight rebounds as the 19th-ranked George Washington Colonials
destroyed the Florida International Golden Panthers, 70-45, at the Charles E.
Smith Center.

Mike Hall and Omar Williams each chipped in with 13 points for the Colonials
(6-0), who remained undefeated on the season.

Ivan Almonte netted a game-high 16 points for the Golden Panthers (3-3), who
are winless in their first three road games. Florida International had no
other scorers in double figures as Chris Fuller and Ismael N’Diaye were the
second leading point scorers with five points each.

George Washington was in control all game and shot 46 percent from the floor
to the Golden Panthers 31 percent.

With around 7:15 to go in the opening half, Danilo Pinnock slammed home two
points for a 23-16 lead for George Washington. Pinnock ended the game with
eight points.

The Colonials closed out the first half with a 13-6 spurt to head into the
break with a 36-22 advantage.

Mensah-Bonsu led George Washington with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the
half. Florida, meanwhile, struggled badly, making only eights shots from the
field in the opening frame.

With around 12 1/2 minutes to go in the second half, the Colonials capped a
9-0 spurt with a Hall jump shot for a 52-31 lead. He netted five points during
the stretch.

Maureece Rice made a layup with around seven minutes to play, giving George
Washington a 60-38 lead.

The Colonials outscored the Golden Panthers 34-23 in the second half of
action to cruise to victory.

Game Notes

George Washington leads the all-time series 4-0…Hall had 10 rebounds for
the Colonials…Almonte had seven rebounds…George Washington outrebounded
Florida International, 44-35…The Golden Panthers were 1-of-16 from beyond
the arc.