Until last night, Dickinson College and George Washington had met just once on a basketball court. That happened 53 years ago when the Red Devils whipped the Colonials by 19 points.
GW, no doubt still smarting from that setback, evened the score in a game so uneven that the visiting Red Devils would probably like to make it 153 years before they meet again.
The Colonials got a 20-point effort from forward Mike Samson and points from every GW player in uniform as they annihilated the Division III visitors from Carlisle, Pa., 81-34, in a game that must have been scheduled by the Marquis de Sade.
The statistics tell the story: Dickinson had only one player reach double figures; the Red Devils missed 41 of 53 shots; the Colonials blocked 10 shots and stole the ball 11 times.
Asked what benefit a mismatch of this sort would provide, Colonial Coach Bob Tallent replied, "We got a chance to experiment with several different combinations.And, it showed that we could play a sustained pressure defense."
Transfer guard Brian Magid, starting for only the second time in his career (due to starter Bob Lindsay's damaged knee ligament), added 13 points in 17 minutes of playing time and center Mike Zagardo also scored 13 and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.
Magid triggered a Colonial burst of 11 straight points for a 16-5 lead. During that spree, the 6-foot-2 junior hit two deep, twine-tickling jumpers, another shorter jump shot and a three-point play following his steal.
At that point, the Colonials, holding an 11-point lead, began a 2-2-1 press that was to last the remainder of the game.
"We needed work on our press," said Tallent. "They were running a slow offense and we wanted to pick up the tempo."
Sloppy passing and ball handling by the hosts limited them to two points in the final 5:19 of the first half, yet GW took a 35-20 lead into the locker room.
The Red Devils did not do anything in the final 20 minutes to remove the game-long smile from the face of injured GW regular forward Tom Glenn, sitting contentedly on the bench. Continually harassed by the Colonial press and the ballhawking of Samson and substitute guard Gurtis Jeffries (three steals apiece), the visitors suffered 13 turnovers.
Magid, taking only shots that were given him, was six of 12 from the floor and had three assists and a steal when he sat down for good with 13:14 left in the game.