Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
In a better world than this, Catholic University would have been allowed to use six or seven men at a time last night. Or ladders.
At the very least, host george Washington could have lent the little Cardinals their 7-foot-2 Kevin Hall for the evening.
But Smith Center last night was very much part of the real world, where rebounds to go no to the pure of heart but to the big guys, and where the better team wins, even if the losers seem to give more than their all.
Yet GW's 87-74 victory was a game that satisfied both sides. GW won; CU earned a bit more respect.
"We came out off the court very proud," said CU's 6-foot-4 Stan Cooper, who had a particular right to puff out his chest after playing Hall head-to-arm pit much of the second half and scoring 19 points.
"They've just crushed us the last three years (four actually)," said CU's Glenn Kolonics. "It was 38 points last year. Tonight they respected us. They knew we came to play."
Kolonics certainly did. He was the talk of the night, scoring 33 points, 20 in the first half as CU jumped to a 20-13 lead after 10 minutes.
"I challenge anybody to guard Kolonics where he was shooting tonight," said GW coach Bob Tallent, who comes from a family that has shot more than a few 30-footers. "He shot from everywhere and in every way. Just unbelievable. I thought he made 30 shots."
Tallent was even more enthusiastic about his own team. "Basketball is a game of spurts. Turning one or two plays into a forest fire. We may have that knack," he said.
Throughout its 6-4 season, GW has been running off 10-0 and even 14-0 blitzs, though sometimes its opponents have blitzed right back. Last night the Colonials gave CU a 23-6 demonstration in just 4 1/2 minutes for which there was no rebutal.
With the score 26-26, two GW steals lit the fire. Guard Tom Tate heisted the ball from CU's Mike McNally and dashed 60 feet for a layup. Seconds later John Holloran picked Kolonic's pocket as he went up for a jumper. Before CU's small-college all-America of a year ago had come down, Holloran was fast breaking the other way. Holloran made the springtin layup and was fouled. All of Smith Center knew the game had turned.
Holloran missed his free throw, but GW's 6-6 Jim Smith was there for the tip-in, just two of a jillion points GW got on the offensive boards. Tate and Smith canned open jumpers on GW's next two possessions and the score was suddenly 36-26. Ten unanswered points in 90 seconds.
Tate dished off two assists to make it 40-28 before half, and the GW holo-cost continued with a 9-2 burst after intermission with Holloran cashing another steal and layup and a jumper. The dust settled at 49-32. It was lights out with 18 minutes still left.
CU, however, pretended not to know its chances were nil. Cooper kept leading the Cardinals back to 10- and 12-point deficits. CU even called time twice in the last 1:18 to try new full-court presses to make the final beating more respectable.
For CU the night was sweet because Kolonics, its undisputed key man, finally found his eye. "I felt like a machine again," said Kolonics, who had been shooting only .406 this season. "I was fluid from the first shot. I was losing confidence waiting for it to come back."
CU's offense was not terribly difficult to figure out with McNally standing near midcourt and calling out "One for Glenn" or "Two for Glenn" while Kolonics played hide-and-seek around three stationary teammates to get daylight 25 feet out.
If CU rediscovered its prime mover, then GW re-established that it's extra dimension for this season is offensive rebounding. "We beat Pittsburgh to death on the boards, too," said Tallent, whose Colonials have won three in a row. "Hope it keeps up."
Freshmen Tom Glenn and Mike Zagardo have made the difference. Glenn, 6-7, plays as high over the rim as Lee Anderson (14 points and 14 rebounds) and is just as sneaky in getting position.
Zagardo brings his fanatic intensity. If Hall is languid and erratic, Zagardo is always a wild man. After scoring 10 points last night, he tried to slip into the Smith Center weight room for an 11th-hour workout. "That's Ziggie," said Tallent, who threw him out.
"With Hall, Zagardo, Anderson and Glenn," grinned Tallent, "seems like we've always got three guys playin' 'bout a foot and a half over the rim."