Saturday , Jan , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No. 16 George Washington cruises past Charlotte

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Maureece Rice had 21 points on 6-of-8
shooting to lead the 16th-ranked George Washington Colonials over the
Charlotte 49ers, 83-69, at Halton Arena.

Danilo Pinnock contributed 13 points and Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Carl Elliot
each netted 10 for the Colonials (14-1, 4-0 A-10), who are off to their best
start since the 1936-37 season.

De’Angelo Alexander had a game-high 23 points and Marcus Bennett added 13 for
the 49ers (11-7, 4-2), who have lost two of their last three contests.

The 49ers trailed 42-29 at intermission but opened the second half with a 10-3
streak, including three-pointers from Alexander and Leemire Goldwire, to
narrow the gap to 45-39 with 16:27 remaining.

The Colonials, however, opened up their biggest lead at 58-44 courtesy of a
10-3 run. Pinnock and Rice each had four points during the burst.

Charlotte would get as close as 11 a few times, but the 49ers’ offensive
struggles coupled with the fast break offense of GW prevented the 49ers from
making a run.

George Washington hit 12-of-20 free throws in the game’s final 5 1/2 minutes
to seal the victory.

Charlotte was leading 4-2 until the Colonials reeled off a 13-3 run, capped by
Regis Koundjia’s dunk with almost 13 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

The 49ers pulled within 31-26 but George Washington used a 11-3 spurt to
close out the half, highlighted by Alexander Kireev’s offensive rebound and
layup as time expired, to give the Colonials a 13-point halftime advantage.

Charlotte connected on only four first-half two-point field goals, the first
at the 7:18 mark on Curtis Withers’ jumper. The 49ers connected on 8-of-28
shots overall, including 4-of-15 from beyond the arc, over the first 20
minutes. GW drained 58 percent its shots in the first half.

Game Notes

The Colonials shot 54 percent from the field overall, while the 49ers
connected on 36.1 percent of their shots… George Washington scored 38 points
in the paint and had 22 points off 13 Charlotte turnovers…The 49ers drained
11 three-pointers for the game.