GW tangles Spiders in DC
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Danilo Pinnock dropped 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and added three steals as No. 10 George Washington crushed Richmond, 80-55, in Atlantic 10 Conference action at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu also tallied 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting for the Colonials (18-1, 8-0 A-10), who won for the 10th consecutive time and are now just a game away from tying the best start in school history (19-1 in 1953-54). Mike Hall tallied 15 points in the win.
Kevin Steenberge paced the Spiders (11-10, 4-4), who lost their second straight and for the third time in their last four outings, with 15 points and seven rebounds. Jermaine Bucknor recorded 12 points while Gaston Moliva had 10 points and eight boards in the loss.
George Washington dominated the offensively challenged Spiders from the opening tip.
The Colonials entered the final frame with a commanding 15-point edge and continued to expand the cushion.
Pinnock's triple with just over 15 minutes left gave GW their first 20+ point lead, 50-29.
Then, Maureece Rice's driving layup with under 10 minutes remaining gave George Washington their largest lead of the game, 65-40.
The Colonials matched the 25-point cushion with their last bucket, a rim- shaking slam by Rob Diggs that ignited the crowd into a frenzy.
Richmond managed to cut the cushion to 18 but never seriously threatened down the stretch as George Washington remained the only undefeated team in the Atlantic 10.
Mensah-Bonsu and Hall combined to score the first seven points of the game as the Colonials established control early.
The Spiders seemed to settle down and fought their way back to make it 13-9 but an ensuing 13-0 burst by George Washington stunned Richmond.
Mensah-Bonsu highlighted the run with five straight points and GW took a comfortable 26-9 edge.
The Colonials went in to the locker room with a 33-18 advantage.
GW is a perfect 11-0 at home while Richmond is now just 1-6 on the road... George Washington leads the all-time series, 52-25...The win kept the Colonials undefeated in league play at 8-0, marking their best A-10 start in the 30-year history of the league...Richmond shot just six free throws in the game and were outscored 15-4 at the charity stripe.GWASH RICHMOND