Despite playing 30 minutes of basketball Coach John Kuester described as "comatose," George Washington was able to defeat Division II Bloomsburg, 71-60, last night before 1,732 at Smith Center.

With 13:08 left in the game, the Colonials, who trailed by as many as eight points in the first half, were losing, 47-42.

"I remembered what happened to Navy the other night against Slippery Rock {the Midshipmen lost in overtime to the Division II Rockies}," Kuester said, "and I was thinking, 'Please Lord, don't let this happen to us.' "

Due to mistakes and increased defensive pressure by George Washington, Bloomsburg's next 10 possessions resulted in six turnovers, one-of-two shooting from three-point range, a two-point attempt that was blocked and two missed free throws. George Washington (2-1) took advantage, outscoring the Huskies, 13-3, and taking a 55-50 lead by the time Bloomsburg called a timeout with 5:39 left.

After the break and a dunk by Bloomsburg guard John Williams, it was more of the same. The Huskies' next eight possessions included a layup, three misses from inside the lane, three turnovers and a missed jump shot. Meantime, the Colonials had extended their lead to 69-54 with 54 seconds to play.

Sophomore foward Mike Jones led George Washington with 18 points and 13 rebounds; senior forward Gerald Jackson, from Flint Hill Prep, had 17 points on seven-of-11 field goal shooting. Senior guard Joe Dooley had seven assists.

Williams and guard Joe Stepanski each scored 18 points for Bloomsburg.

N.C. State 85, Tampa 60:

Freshman Rodney Monroe and senior Vinny Del Negro sparked a 14-2 second-half run to lead the Wolfpack, at home, over the Spartans.

Chucky Brown led N.C. State with 19 points. Charles Shackleford added 16 points and Monroe had 13 points as the Wolfpack rose to 2-0.