Saturday , Jan , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No. 20 George Washington outlasts Marshall in OT

Huntington, WV (Sports Network) – Danilo Pinnock had 21 points and nine
rebounds as the 20th-ranked George Washington Colonials survived a 79-73
overtime scare against the Marshall Thundering Herd at the Cam Henderson

Carl Elliott scored 18 points and Maureece Rice and Pops Mensah-Bonsu each
netted 15 in the victory. Mensah-Bonsu also grabbed eight boards for the
Colonials (10-1), who have won two consecutive games .

Mark Patton had 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Markel Humphrey netted 15
and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Thundering Herd (6-6), who had a two-game
win streak halted. Chris Ross added 11 points.

George Washington took a 68-66 lead with 2:40 left in overtime, its first
since the final minute of the first half, on Mike Hall’s layup with 2:36 to
play in the extra frame. The Thundering Herd would get as close as 72-71, but
the Colonials reeled off a 7-2 run to close the game and fend off the upset.

The Thundering Herd led 51-39 in the second half on a pair of Humphrey free
throws, which coincided with George Washington hitting one field goal in a 10
1/2 minute span. The Colonials could not penetrate through Marshall’s zone
defense and hit just 3-of-23 shots through 15 minutes of play during the

George Washington came back with a 15-4 streak and narrowed the gap to 59-58,
as Pinnock scored 10 points in the final 4:35 of regulation. However, Tre
Whitted later hit a three-pointer on the other end with 1:07 remaining in the
second period and extended Marshall’s lead to 63-58.

The Colonials used a 6-1 run to close the second half and tie the score, as
Elliott connected on a trey with 19 seconds left to tie the score 64-64.

Rice had a chance to win the game for George Washington, but the shot
bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Marshall opened up a 13-4 lead as Patton scored six early points, including a
trey to cap the spurt.

George Washington came back with their own 11-2 run and tied the game on Omar
Williams’ jumper.

The Colonials took their first lead of the game at 32-30 with 57 seconds left
in the half. However, the Thundering Herd led at halftime as Humphrey sank a
three-pointer as the clock ran down.

GW was led by Mensah-Bonsu and Elliot, who both had 10 points in the opening
stanza, and the Colonials shot 44 percent from the field. Marshall connected
on 41 percent of its shots in the first 20 minutes.

Game Notes

The Thundering Herd shot 43.9 percent from the field in the loss, while George
Washington hit 40.3 percent if its shots…Neither team shot well from the
line, as Marshall drained 18-of-33 attempts and the Colonials connected on
57.1 percent from the charity stripe…Marshall committed 28 turnovers,
leading to 27 GW points.