Red-Hot Colonials Have Easy Time vs. Big Green
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
For emphasis, there were Dokun Akingbade's dunks.
For efficiency, there were eight consecutive baskets from a variety of sources and distances.
For entertainment, there were Carl Elliott's creative drives, Rob Diggs's resounding blocks, Maureece Rice's rapid-fire jumpers and Noel Wilmore's three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer.
For all intents and purposes, George Washington's 94-49 victory over Dartmouth in its home opener last night was over before Big George, the goofy inflatable mascot, had made his initial rounds.
"It was just a great vibe," Elliott said of a first half that ended with a 52-18 lead. "Guys know that we have to come out intense every game. That's what we did: We just got guys riled up and we just came out with that fire and intensity."
Elliott scored 19 of his career-high 29 points during the lopsided half as the Colonials continued their light early-season schedule with a devastating performance against the overmatched Ivy Leaguers.
The Colonials (2-0) had opened the season last Friday with a 13-point victory at Boston University and clearly were not interested in allowing the Big Green, picked to finish last in the Ivy, to remain in contention for very long.
"I don't remember us just playing every possession with a sense of urgency," Coach Karl Hobbs said. "I've been looking for us to play with that kind of speed. . . . The best part about it all, we weren't turning the ball over, we were very controlled, in that stretch."
Playing at a ferocious pace before a noisy gathering of 3,261 at Smith Center, the Colonials scored the game's first eight points and led by 15 after just 6 1/2 minutes. They extended their advantage to 21 before Dartmouth (0-2) reached double figures and eclipsed the 30-pont margin in the final 16 seconds of the half on consecutive three-pointers by Elliott and Wilmore.
GW finished the game with 19 steals, two shy of the program record, and made 10 of 16 three-point attempts.
Elliott, a senior guard who often played a secondary role to Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Mike Hall and Danilo Pinnock last season, stepped to the forefront for the second consecutive game.
Besides his point total, Elliott also had five rebounds, five assists and three steals to offset seven turnovers.