George Washington wins 16th straight
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Maureece Rice poured in 19 points on 8-of-11
shooting as No. 6 George Washington downed Fordham, 78-67, at Rose Hill Gym.
Danilo Pinnock donated 17 points and eight rebounds while Carl Elliott netted
16 points for George Washington (24-1, 14-0 Atlantic 10), which extended the
nation’s longest winning streak to 16 games.
Mike Hall added 10 points and five assists in the win.
Marcus Stout finished with a team-high 18 points but went just 1-for-5 from
behind the arc for the Rams (12-15, 7-7), who have lost four in a row.
Jermaine Anderson totaled 17 points and six rebounds and Bryant Dunston had 11
points, seven boards and five blocks.
Fordham took an early 11-6 lead following a tip-in by Nicholas Vita.
The Colonials, though, ripped off an 18-3 run to go ahead 24-14. Hall had four
points in the charge, including a jumper with 6:36 remaining to cap it.
George Washington extended its lead to 15 on a pair of Pinnock free throws
with 1:08 left to play, and went into the intermission with a 37-24 advantage.
Fordham pulled within seven several times in the second half, including with
4:15 remaining on a Stout jumper that put the score at 60-53.
Elliot and Pinnock responded with back-to-back buckets, however, to push the
lead back to double digits at 64-53.
The Rams got no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
This was the Colonials’ first game since Pops Mensah-Bonsu suffered a slight
tear in his left meniscus…George Washington leads the all-time series,
15-4…The Colonials’ No. 6 ranking is their highest since 1955…GW has
defeated the Rams in each of their last seven meetings…GW shot 53.6 percent
from the field, while Fordham connected on 41.7 percent of its shots…The
Colonials had 23 points off the bench to the Rams’ nine.