George Washington University scored six straight points with 4:28 to play to build a 20-point lead and easily defeat the Taiwan National basketball team, 95-78, in an exhibition game last night at Smith Center.
Sophomore center Mike Brown led the Colonials with 30 points and 21 rebounds. Freshmen forwards Darryl Webster and Craig Helms scored 14 each.
Taiwan led for most of the first half, holding a 37-31 margin with 3:30 left. The Colonials then scored 10 straight points and at the half led, 43-41.
GW led by nine points seven minutes into the second half, then scored eight straight, four each from Helms and Webster, for a 71-54 lead midway through the half. GW held a 23-point lead with less than three minutes remaining, with one sophomore (Brown) and four freshmen on the floor.
Chang Chia-pao led Taiwan with 17 points. Forwards Hung Chun-cheng and Tseng Tseng-chiu scored 13 points each.
"We really needed a game," said GW Coach Gerry Gimelstob. "This was the first game for many of our freshmen and they were nervous and tentative. I'm happy with the effort."
In the preliminary game, the Israeli Illan wheelchair team defeated the Washington UFOs, 71-49.