Both Mount St. Mary's and George Washington showed up for their basketball game last night. Only the Mounties came to play.
The nation's No. 1-ranked Division II team humiliated the Colonials, 79-60, before 650 watching at Smith Center. The margin did no justice to the difference between the clubs, as the Mounties did whatever they wanted whenever they wanted in rolling to their fifth straight victory and raising their record to 16-1. The Colonials' sixth consecutive loss and eighth in their last nine games dropped their mark to 4-12.
"I'm absolutely embarrassed for myself and the university," said disheartened GW Coach Bob Tallent. "It is a shame that GW had to be represented by what went on out there tonight. I can't say they didn't try, but it seemed that way. But I got them ready for the game and I'm the coach, so it's my fault."
The Colonials' leading scorers, Wilbert Skipper and Randy Davis, sat forlornly on the bench with a dislocated shoulder and a sprained ankle, respectively. Starting guard Curtis Jeffries had the flu and should have stayed in bed. GW's best forward, Oscar Wilmington, had to play guard, simultaneously weakening the front line and the back court.
"We are not killing anybody, even when we have our guards," Tallent said. "Oscar can't play guard, and I played Curtis only because I had to. But there really isn't much you can do when you lose your two leading scorers."
The Colonials, sparked by Gar-Field High graduate Steve Perry, who scored a career-high 18 points, held their own until 11:25 remained. Then, with the score 49-42, the Mounties put on a clinic.