Saturday , Mar , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

GW seeks perfect A-10 season at home versus Charlotte

=== GW seeks perfect A-10 season at home versus Charlotte ===

(Sports Network) – The seventh-ranked George Washington Colonials will attempt
to complete a perfect Atlantic 10 season, but knocking off the Charlotte 49ers
will not be an easy task. Victories in four of its last five games has enabled
Charlotte to move to 18-10 overall and 11-4 in league play. The 49ers have
clinched a bye in the upcoming A-10 Tournament, a solid accomplishment in
their first season as members of the league. They won the 2004 Conference USA
regular season title, finished second in that league in 2005, and they can
finish no worse than tied for second in the A-10.

As for George Washington, it owns the nation’s longest winning streak at 17
games, and the most recent triumph came over St. Bonaventure by an 89-78 final
on Wednesday. The Colonials have won more games than any team in school
history and are attempting to complete what would be just the fourth perfect
run through A-10 play by any program. The fact that they are the only team in
the nation with just one loss speaks volumes about what they have been able to
accomplish this season. George Washington posted an 83-69 decision over
Charlotte in the first meeting between the teams this season, but the 49ers
still hold a 7-6 edge in the all-time series between the teams.

On Wednesday, Charlotte posted a closer-than-expected win over Duquesne, and
it was forward Curtis Withers who led the charge. Withers posted a season-high
27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as well for his 15th double-double of
the season. While he clearly stole the headlines, the 49ers got strong
contributions from a number of players. De’Angelo Alexander posted a double-
double as well with 21 points an 10 boards, and Marcus Bennett tallied 14
points off the bench. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Leemire
Goldwire with 12 points.

Overall this season, Alexander is scoring 16.8 ppg on 42.9 percent shooting
from the floor. As for Withers, he adds 16.1 ppg and 10.9 rpg to the mix.
Goldwire brings some offensive balance to the lineup with his 13.3 ppg,
although he is shooting below 39 percent from the field this season.

George Washington center Pops Mensah-Bonsu had successful knee surgery this
past week and hopes to return in the NCAA Tournament. Without the big man, the
Colonials were far from dominant against St. Bonaventure. Still, a 47-28
rebounding advantage and a 21-14 edge in points from the foul line enabled
them to score the road victory. A 10-of-19 effort from three-point range
certainly didn’t hurt. Omar Williams finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds,
while Danilo Pinnock tallied 15 points, 12 boards and six assists. Mike Hall
contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Maureece Rice pitched in 16 points
off the bench.

Through 26 games, Pinnock is scoring 14.7 ppg to pace his club. Mensah-Bonsu
adds 13.1 ppg and 7.1 rpg for George Washington, and he will be missed both
today and in the A-10 Tournament. Rice provides 12.4 ppg in a reserve role,
and Elliott is contributing 11.2 ppg to go along with 106 assists. As for
Hall, he rounds out the double-digit scorers with 10.0 ppg and is tops on the
boards with 7.2 rpg.

CHARLOTTE GWASH