The University of the District of Columbia's basketball team defeated George Washington, 68-55, last night at the Van Ness Physical Activities Center.

The game was competitive if ragged for the first 10 minutes before the Firebirds (12-6) took control behind a swarming 2-3 zone defense, the inside play of Chanel Hamilton and the outside scoring of Yolene Young and Karen Hunt. UDC scored the last six points of the first half to take its biggest lead of the period, 35-25.

UDC then scored the first seven points of the second half and held the Colonials (6-11) to one field goal in the first 12 minutes.

"It was too sloppy a game," UDC Coach Bessie Stockard said. "We have a tendency to let down against a team we feel confident against and we got complacent when we got a big lead. Even on an off night, Chanel did enough; blocking shots is just a matter of timing. We used a box and one on (Kelly) Ballentine because she can really shoot."

Ballentine made only five of 18 shots. The freshman out of Annandale High School was averaging 20.4 points a game. And, the already injury-riddled Colonials lost Kathy Cottrell to a knee injury, leaving them with only eight players.

The Colonials rallied from a 53-35 deficit with nine minutes remaining, outscoring the Firebirds, 14-4, to cut the lead to 57-49 with four minutes to play, but could get no closer.

Hamilton led the winners with 21 points and 19 rebounds. The 6-foot-2 junior center also blocked nine shots and intimidated the Colonials all game. Hunt had 22 points, Young 10 and seven rebounds.