George Washington put together one strong run last night against Stroytel Club, holding the Soviet team without a field goal for more than six minutes. That first-half defensive effort was more than enough to propel the Colonials to a 90-82 victory in their final exhibition game, before 1,102 at Smith Center.
With the score tied at 17, Matt Nordmann converted a three-point play to launch the run, during which the Colonials outscored Stroytel by 14-3. The Soviet drought ended with a bang, though, when Stroytel forward Sergey Chiepotkin hit three consecutive three-pointers near the end of the half.
But by then the damage had been done, and GW held a comfortable 45-33 lead at intermission.
"The defense was super," Colonials Coach Mike Jarvis said. "Any time you can win against a veteran group and come away with everyone healthy, it's got to be a very positive experience."
Whenever Stroytel narrowed the margin in the second half, GW had an answer, either with intensified defensive pressure or a dunk by Dirkk Surles.
Center Byron Hopkins led GW in scoring with 19 points -- on seven-for-10 shooting -- and nine rebounds; Sonni Holland scored 18 points. Stroytel, which struggled and shot 38 percent from the floor (26 for 68), was led by Yevgeny Pashutin with 19.
The Colonials open the regular season Saturday in Baltimore against Loyola.
PGCC 101, Mont-Rock 57: Prince George's, at home, used a gamelong full-court press and fast break to win the opener for both teams. PG's Price Williams led scorers with 20 points.
St. Augustine's 80, Bowie St. 72: Bowie State dropped its opener at home as Gary Mattison registered 28 points and Aintham Alleyne cleared 16 rebounds for St. Augustine's (3-0). For Bowie, Andre Lambert had 15 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals.
Carson-Newman 97, Columbia Union 61: In Knoxville, Tenn., Ray Evans scored 20 points as Carson-Newman extended a 10-point first-half lead. Maurice Nelson led Columbia Union (1-2) with 19.
Capitol 79, Neumann 70: Chris Dixon scored 25 points and Shane Smith 18 to lead Capitol College (2-1) over the Ashton, Pa., school at High Point High School. Neumann (1-1) featured Tim McKee's 33.
St. Mary's 72, Goucher 61: Forward Greg Cain had 21 points and 16 rebounds and Scott Ciambor 14 points for host St. Mary's (2-1). Chris Garner had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Goucher (0-3). Marymount Women Up
Point guard Meredith Grenier had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists to lead Marymount (2-2) to a 94-80 victory over Glassboro State in Arlington. Glassboro (1-2) was led by Karen Dilmore's 24 points.
St. Mary's 70, Wash. Bible 51: Eleanor Davis had 12 points and 21 rebounds and Betsy Anthony 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the home team (1-2) in St. Mary's City, Md. Renee Mitchell had 26 points for Washington Bible (0-1).
St. Augustine's 57, Bowie St. 55: Devonia Nixon scored 14 points for St. Augustine's (2-1) as Bowie State opened at home and got 11 each from Valarie Curtis, Shunte Matthews, and Erika Ford.
M. Washington 76, Shenandoah 60: Kim Nagy had team highs of 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in a home-opening victory for Mary Washington (2-1) in Fredericksburg. Dana Painter led scorers with 23 for Shenandoah (0-3).