George Washington won its 100th game at Smith Center last night, defeating Coppin State, 89-69, behind a balanced offense led by sophomore Kenny Barer's career-high 16 points.
The Colonials (3-1) shot 57 percent but committed 30 turnovers, including 10 by usually stable point guard Joe Dooley. Coppin State (1-1) had 26 turnovers and shot only 39 percent from the floor.
Barer made six of seven shots, was perfect from the free throw line and pulled down six rebounds. He had help from Steve Frick (13 points), Brian Butler (12), Dooley (11) and Moti Daniel (11).
"The first half and beginning of the second half, we played as good defensively as we possibly could," said Coach John Kuester.
Of the 30 turnovers, Kuester said: "That is astounding. You take away those turnovers, and we have a good game."
Kuester said he did not think the Colonials would have the same problems when they play undefeated Michigan State (4-0) on the road Wednesday.
"It was mental errors more than physical," he said. "You have to raise the level of the game."
The Colonials, who never trailed, were ahead by 13-4 on Barer's layup when Coppin State called time out with 15:46 remaining in the first half. Over the next five minutes, the Eagles were outscored by 12-2 as Barer scored six points.
George Washington was up by 41-21 with 3:46 left, when the Eagles made a run. Gary Botts started the rally with two baskets, and Dewayne Nelson's steal and layup made it 41-27. Butler hit a 10-footer, but Mark Carroll followed with a slam and Ronald Conway a driving layup to close the Eagles to 43-31 with two minutes remaining.
The Colonials, however, scored the final seven points of the half, helped by Dooley's 25-footer and Butler's four points.