With 6:20 left in last night's game between George Washington and Maryland-Baltimore County, Stanley Wright collected a loose ball and dribbled in alone for a leg-kicking, rim-shaking slam dunk.
Wright, a UMBC freshman from Harker Prep, pumped his fist. The 2,322 at Smith Center gasped. Retrievers Coach Earl Hawkins almost smirked.
He had cut the Colonials' lead to 50.
The final damage report: George Washington 98, UMBC 50.
The Retrievers (1-6) shot 31.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from the foul line. They committed 27 turnovers and went 9:26 between field goals during one stretch. It should get worse. They play at Iowa Saturday.
And to think Wright's fast-break layup with 6:32 left in the first half sliced George Washington's lead to 25-21. The Colonials (4-3) went on a 39-5 run as UMBC made one of 11 field goals, one of six free throws and had 11 turnovers.
It was GW's largest margin of victory since 115-67 over Morgan State in December 1984. Center Byron Hopkins led five players in double figures with 16 points.
"I thought the way the game started it was going to be a close game," Colonials Coach Mike Jarvis said.
No joke. Starting foward Sonni Holland chipped a bone in his left ankle Monday and is out one to three weeks. Swingman Ellis McKennie sat out with a strained tendon in his rib cage. And leading scorer Dirkk Surles missed six of his first seven shots.
"All of a sudden, the guys really dug in on defense and didn't give them more than one shot," Jarvis said. "Next thing you know I thought we were up by 20 and I looked at the scoreboard and we're up by 40."
The Colonials led by 49-26 at halftime by shooting 50 percent and forcing 18 turnovers. They started the second half with a 15-0 burst, pumping the lead to 64-26.