Wednesday , Feb , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

GW keeps rolling with win over Dayton

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Danilo Pinnock scored 21 points and Pops
Mensah-Bonsu added 20, as eighth-ranked George Washington continued its
winning ways with an 81-67 victory over fellow Atlantic 10 member Dayton at
the Smith Center.

Omar Williams contributed 11 points for the Colonials (19-1, 9-0 A-10), who
have won 11 straight games and matched the 1953-54 squad for the best start in
school history.

Mensah-Bonsu made 8-of-12 field goal attempts and Pinnock ended 7-of-12 from
the floor.

Charles Little paced the Flyers (11-13, 3-7) with 13 points and Brian Roberts
finished with 11 in the loss, Dayton’s third in four games.

Dayton’s Jimmy Binnie started the game by making a three-pointer, but the
Flyers didn’t score again for nearly four minutes afterward and George
Washington took advantage. The Colonials embarked on a 14-0 run highlighted by
three Monsah-Bensu field goals, the last of which accounted for the early 11-
point lead.

George Washington owned a comfortable 33-19 advantage after Pinnock’s three-
pointer with just under seven minutes to go in the half. Dayton then put
together a 9-3 burst to cut its deficit to eight before the Colonials again
assumed control.

A triple by Noel Wilmore followed by back-to-back baskets by Mensah-Bonsu
quickly pushed the margin to 43-28 and started a 13-2 GW run to close out the
half. Mensah-Bonsu put back a Pinnock miss in the closing seconds to send the
Colonials into the break with a commanding 49-30 lead.

George Washington cruised through the final 20 minutes and put the game out of
reach by putting together an 8-0 spurt beginning with Williams’ three-pointer
with 8:20 left to play. Monsah-Bensu ended the flurry with an inside bucket
near the six-minute mark which staked the Colonials to a 76-53 lead.

Game Notes

George Washington’s current No. 8 ranking is the school’s highest since
reaching seventh in the AP poll during the week of January 3, 1956…Dayton
fell to 0-5 in Atlantic 10 road games this season and 1-7 overall for the
year…The Flyers played their fourth straight game without their second-
leading scorer, Monty Scott. The forward is hampered by a stress fracture in
his left foot…The Colonials went 10-of-26 from three-point range, while
Dayton was just 5-of-18 from beyond the arc.