Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Ten players scored at least seven points last night as George Washington romped past overmatched Washington Colle, 103-52, at Smith Center for the Colonials' initial victory of the basketball season.
The Colonials made 28 layups over the shorter Shoremen-their tallest starter 6-5 - outrebounded the visitors, 60-29, and blocked nine shots - six by 6.8 forward Tom Glenn.
GW junior guard Brian Magid, transfer from Maryland, led six double-figure scorers, sinking seven of 11 shots from the field in a 17-point out-put, plus three assists, in 17 minutes of action.
"Brian needed to get untracked," said Coach Bob Tallent. "He has been off a year and was a little rusty. His play tonight gave him more confidence."
All the Colonials needed a confidence boost following disappointing losses in their first two games. Tallent had conducted what he described as his toughest workout of the season Sunday morning, after GW's second defeat Saturday night.
"Our guys tend to think a little too much out there; maybe that's because we have so many pre-med students on the squad," said Tallent. "Tonight, we were playing to have fun."
Have a good time they did as the Colonials sprinted to an 11-2 lead after five minutes, getting four baskets on layups. Glenn added to the woes of the Chestertown, Md., visitors by rejecting four shots in his 13 minutes of action in the half.
GW pulled away to a 15-point lead behind the play of three freshman substitutes - forwards Paul Gracza and Dave Thornton, guard Jimmy Stepp - plus Magid. Those four, inserted with 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the half triggered a 14-5 outburst that carried the Colonials to a 38-23 advantage.
Magid was most of the show, sinking five of seven shots. Three were driving layups through traffic, another his patented rainbow jumper from the corner, and he assisted on a goal and made two steals as GW closed the half with a 40-28 lead.
The Shoremen, now 0-3, missed 20 of 31 shots from the floor and committed 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes Gw was 17 of 40 from the field.
"We were tight in the first half, missing easy shots that should have gone in," said Tallent. "I think the guys were still worried about last week-end."
But any traces of worry vanished in the final half as the Colonials blistered the nets for a 24-of-43 success rate from the floor (55 percent). With starting center Mike Zagardo and forward Glenn Dixon scoring easy buckets on follow-ups, the Colonials led by 26 after seven minutes, and by 34 after 11.
Meanwhile, Washington shot a dismal seven of 30 in the final half, experiencing scoreless spans of five and four minutes. Shoreman forward Doug Byrne led all scorers with 21 points, but missed 14 of 23 shots. The visitors were just as poor from the free throw line (14 of 27).
Forward Mike Samson furnished 14 points and four assists to the Colonial cause and Gracza pulled down eight rebounds and made three steals in 17 minutes. Stepp and Zagardo added 11 points each.