George Washington University Coach Gerry Gimelstob used a pregame pep talk to psych up his squad tonight and the Colonials trounced Colgate, 72-55, in the consolation round of the Kiwanis Old Dominion Classic.
Before the game Gimselstob asked Jim Minchew, who has been in a wheelchair since age 14, if he had seen the previous night's 67-65 GW loss to Wagner. Minchew had and said he thought the team needed to hustle more. The coach invited him to give a pregame pep talk in the locker room.
"I told them to give it what they had," said Minchew. "They were blessed with the ability to get up and down the court and they had to hustle a little bit more."
Mike Brown and Oscar Wilmington took Minchew's words to heart as each scored a season high; 25 for Brown and 16 for Wilmington. Brown had not started against Wagner because he was late to a team meeting. Gimelstob had said Friday night the player did not start because he would not give GW its best matchup.
Colgate turned over the ball 20 times and in the second half connected on only seven of 18 shots. Colgate's leading scorer, Kevin Ryan, was held to only six points by Wilmington. He came into the game averaging 18.
Wilmington, Brown and Wilbert Skipper combined for GW's first 16 points of the second half to give the Colonials a 12-point lead with nine minutes left. GW extended the lead to as many as 24 points at 70-46 with two minutes remaining.
In the championship game, host Old Dominion won the tournament for the first time in three years by defeated Wagner, 72-61. Mark West of ODU was named tournament most valuable player and joining him on the all-tournament team were Brown of GW, Art Redmond and Greg Clay of Wagner and Ronnie McAdoo of Old Dominion.