By Steven Goff
Washington Post Staff Writer
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.
As for emerging as the team's big scorer, he said: "My shots are just falling and the work over the summer paid off. I take the shots now with confidence and they're dropping. It's been good for me these last two games."
Colonials Note: The school's men's and women's teams will wear a red stripe on the shoulder of their uniforms this season in honor of GW graduate and NBA Hall of Famer Red Auerbach, who died last month. . . . Elliott has made all 18 free throw attempts this season.
· AMERICAN 97, MORGAN STATE 84: Andre Ingram scored 24 points and made five three-pointers to lead the Eagles in their home opener.
Brayden Billbe scored 16 points and Garrison Carr added 15 on five three-pointers for American (2-0). The Eagles amassed their highest point total since a 97-88 win over Virginia Commonwealth in 2000.
· NAVY 70, BROWN 47: Freshman Trey Stanton scored 16 points as the Midshipmen won in Upper Marlboro.
Greg Sprink and Kaleo Kina added 10 points each for Navy (2-1).