OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) -- Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 14 points, helping
George Washington (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) shake off a cold start to cruise to an
85-59 victory over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.
George Washington (11-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) won its third
straight, and remains on pace to match its hottest start since
opening the 1997-98 season 13-2.
George Washington had six players score in double figures for
the second time this season. It's also the sixth time this season
the Colonials have had at least five players scored 10 or more in
The undermanned and sometimes overwhelmed Bonnies (1-13, 0-3)
unraveled after a strong start, outscored 64-39 over the final 30
Wade Dunston scored a career-high 25 points for the Bonnies, who
are off to the worst start in school history. The program that's
still stung by a March 2003 eligibility scandal that led to NCAA
sanctions, has lost 25 of its last 27, and all six at home this
The Colonials came out cold, missing 10 of their first 12
attempts, and trailed 10-6 after 6 minutes -- looking nothing like a
team that's leading the A-10 in scoring at 83.1 points a game.
Helped by a pressure defense that rattled the Bonnies
inexperienced backcourt, GW responded, hitting eight of its next
nine shots. The Colonials took the lead for good when Omar Williams
hit a jumper, was fouled and completed the three-point play to put
them up 21-20 with 9:27 left in the first half.
George Washington then outscored the Bonnies 19-6 the rest of
the half, led by Lucas, who capped the run with three straight
baskets: a dunk, a layin and an 18-footer.
The Bonnies hung tough early despite missing two starting
forwards, including leading scorer Patrick Lottin, who's out with a
pulled hamstring. Listed day-to-day, Lottin is averaging 12.5
points and is second on the team at 5.5 rebounds.
The Bonnies were also minus Brian Gibbs (flu).
The win was George Washington's seventh in 22 trips to Olean,
and the school's first since Jan. 21, 1999.
Hobbs, the former Connecticut assistant, improved his
three-plus-year record to 53-47, one win short of matching Carl
Slone for sixth on the GW list.
St. Bonaventure has had little success against Top 25 opponents,
losing their 11th straight to a ranked team.