Chris Monroe scored 23 points and Mike Hall scored a season-high 17, leading George Washington past Florida International, 77-63, last night in Miami.

T.J. Thompson scored 11 points and had seven assists for the Colonials, who shot 55 percent.

Eulis Baez led Florida International (4-1) with 17 points and 10 rebounds, marking his third straight double-double for the Golden Panthers.

The win was the third straight for the Colonials (3-1), who opened a 33-21 halftime lead and held Florida International to 31 percent shooting in the opening half.

Monroe, who entered the game shooting just 31 percent, made 7 of 13 shots.

Florida International, which was aiming for its first 5-0 start at the Division I level, shot just 7 of 19 from the free throw line. Reserve Slavcho Slavtchev scored 12 points for the Golden Panthers.

* AMERICAN 72, LIBERTY 67: In Lynchburg, Va., Steven Miles hit two free throws with 58 seconds left to force overtime and then made two three-pointers in the extra period.

The Eagles (1-3) trailed by 14 with about 10 minutes left in regulation, but made five three-point shots in the last nine minutes before Miles's free throws created a tie at 59-all. Miles led the Eagles with 21 points and Glenn Stokes had 10, including four free throws in overtime.

Jeremy Monceaux led the Flames (2-2) with 18 points.

* CALIFORNIA 80, HOWARD 70: Joe Shipp scored 30 points for the second straight game as the Bears defeated the visiting Bison.

In the second meeting ever between the schools, Shipp made 11 of 19 shots, including 5 of 7 three-pointers, as the Bears (3-0) overcame 26 turnovers by shooting 61 percent (11 of 18) on three-pointers.

Howard, led by 25 points from Ron Williamson and 18 by Kyle Williams, dropped to 1-3.

* BOWIE ST. 91, ST. AUGUSTINE 80: Despite 30 points by the Falcons' Patrick Pope, the Bulldogs (4-0) won at home as all five starters scored in double figures.

Cornelius McMurray had 16 points, 12 assists and 4 steals. Jon Smith had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Tim Washington had 19 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Omarr Smith scored 16 points and Stephen Moss-Kelley made 4 of 7 three-pointers and totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Women

Ieva Kublina scored 25 points and had nine rebounds and Carrie Mason added 19 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 72-56 victory over visiting Virginia.

The Hokies (3-2) used a 15-2 run in the first half to take a 28-18 lead and never trailed again. Virginia (3-2) got within four four times in the second half.

Kublina shot 9 for 14 and Mason was 4 for 5. Mason also was 9 for 10 from the free throw line. Anna Prillaman and Cherrise Graham each had 12 points for Virginia.