No. 6 Colonials down the Explorers
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Regis Koundjia had 13 points, five rebounds
and five assists to lead the sixth-ranked George Washington Colonials to a
77-65 victory over the La Salle Explorers at Charles E. Smith Center.
Maureece Rice and Carl Elliott added 12 points each and Danilo Pinnock
had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds in the win for the Colonials
(23-1, 13-0 A-10), who have a nation-high 15-game winning streak.
Darnell Harris had a game-high 19 points and Steven Smith added 12 points and
three assists in the loss for the Explorers (17-8, 9-5), who lost for the
first time in eight games.
It was a tight contest throughout the first 20 minutes.
The largest lead in the first half came when Smith put in a layup to give the
Explorers a 35-31 lead with 44 seconds left. That was the margin as the squads
went into the locker room.
La Salle took its biggest lead of the game when Paul Johnson drained a three-
pointer on the first touch of the second half to make it a 38-31 game just 21
However, George Washington pulled itself together and took the lead when Rice
drained a three-pointer and Koundjia put in a layup to cap off a 12-2 run and
give the team a 43-40 lead with 15:20 to play.
La Salle responded with a small 8-3 spurt and briefly took the lead back on
the strength of a trey by Mike St. John to make it a 48-46 game.
However, Rice tied the game back up on the Colonials’ next touch and Mike Hall
gave the team the lead for good with a three-pointer for a 51-48 advantage
with 11:25 remaining.
George Washington continued to increase its lead throughout the remainder of
the game and led by as many as 15 points on the way to victory.
George Washington leads the all-time series, 16-6…The Colonials connected on
49 percent of their shots…La Salle made 50 percent of its baskets…La Salle
committed 19 turnovers, which led to 20 points for George Washington…The
Colonials dominated the paint, outscoring the Explorers, 40-22…Johnson had