George Washington University Coach Mike Jarvis got a true team effort in his debut last night as six players scored in double figures. Sophomore center Sonni Holland starred with a team-high 27 points, in just 22 minutes, as the Colonials rolled to a 97-91 exhibition basketball victory over Marathon Oil before 1,252 at Smith Center.
Dirkk Surles added 14 points, Matt Nordmann 13, Glen Sitney 12 and Peter Young and Alvin Pearsall 11 each. Forward Todd May had a game-high 32 points and 18 rebounds for Marathon Oil.
"We got a lot of good, solid performances from several people," said Jarvis, who left Boston University to take the GW job. "With no all-Americans, everyone has to make contributions and we had 10 people make them tonight."
A left-handed layup by Pearsall, a freshman point guard, with 5:36 left in the first half gave the Colonials a 40-33 lead. Marathon regained the lead, 63-62, on Mike Bell's jumper with 10:52 left in the game, but Sitney's three-point play seconds later started a 17-6 run. The Colonials never trailed again.
Senior swingman Ellis McKennie was in uniform on the bench but did not play. Jarvis termed it "a team matter," and declined to elaborate, saying he expected last year's scoring leader to "play many more quality games for us."
MARATHON OIL -- Three-point goals: 9-25 (Ford 3-7, May 3-5, Kelly 1-3, Houston 0-5, Jeter 1-3, Timberlake 1-2); Blocked shots: 10 (Bell 4); Turnovers: 22 (O'Sullivan 4, Timberlake 4); Steals: 4 (Ford 2).
GEORGE WASHINGTON -- Three-point goals: 3-11 (Nordmann 1-1, Sitney 0-3, Surles 0-1, Pearsall 1-1, Patterson 0-1, Young 0-1, Hudock 1-3); Blocked shots: 4 (Hopkins 2); Turnovers: 11 (Pearsall 3); Steals: 10 (Surles 4).