The question last night at George Washington's Smith Center was not whether the Colonials would beat Bowie State, but just how bad it would be.
As it turned out, the Colonials' 107-67 victory could have been worse.
Led by senior center Steve Frick's career-high 19 points, George Washington (2-1) placed six players in double figures and never trailed. But facing an 0-5 Bowie State team that included nine freshmen and had won just one game all last year, the Colonials had trouble maintaining their intensity.
"The game is bound to get sloppy whenever you play a team you should beat," said George Washington Coach John Kuester, whose team turned the ball over 25 times and missed the first shot in one-and-one free throw situations nine times.
In addition, three George Washington starters -- Frick, Troy Webster and Kenny Barer -- fouled out, and a fourth, forward Moti Daniel, finished with four fouls. Against Bowie State, that didn't mean much. But once the Colonials begin their Atlantic 10 schedule, such a problem could be fatal.
Both teams, playing before a crowd of 960, started slowly. George Washington turned the ball over three times before Webster scored the Colonials' first basket on a layup at 16:40, while Bowie State scored just once in the first 4:40.
George Washington built a 58-31 halftime lead, led by Webster's 10 points, and forced the Bulldogs out of their fast-break offense with a trapping defense that produced six steals and forced Bowie to shoot 37.1 percent from the field.
But George Washington's complacency grew in proportion to its second-half lead. Its field goal percentage fell from 69.2 to 54.9.
Nevertheless, George Washington steadily increased its lead until freshman guard Gilad Simhony gave it a 40-point margin on a layup with seven seconds to play.