WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington's big man made his season
debut Friday night, and he was so pumped he was practically
After serving a three-game suspension for NCAA violations that
related to his early declaration for the NBA draft, Pops
Mensah-Bonsu missed a dunk on his first shot attempt and scored
only four points on 2-for-5 shooting Friday night in the
Colonials' (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 AP) 75-62 victory over winless and undermanned
"I was little bit more excited than I expected, and I just
couldn't really get it going," said Mensah-Bonsu, who averaged
12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds last season. "I'm glad my teammates
were able to pick up my slack."
So far, GW's schedule -- which has included Kennesaw State,
Norfolk State and St. Francis of Pennsylvania -- has allowed
Mensah-Bonsu's teammates to win without him, but that's quickly
about to end. The Colonials (4-0) play Maryland (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 23 AP) on Monday in
the BB&T Classic at the MCI Center, the pinnacle of an otherwise
very soft slate of games to open the season.
Plus, the Terrapins will be looking to avenge last year's loss
to their local rivals.
"We have a major problem on Monday," GW coach Karl Hobbs said.
"We're playing against a team that's determined to succeed. We've
got to play far better than we've played to this point."
Maureece Rice scored 17 points, Mike Hall had 16 points and 10
rebounds, and Carl Elliott had 13 points and five steals for the
Colonials, who went 11-for-22 from 3-point range but had trouble
putting the Terriers away. GW led by one with 14 minutes to play,
but 3s by Hall and Omar Williams spurred a 12-3 run to swing the
Shaun Wynn made 6 of 8 3-pointers and scored 18 points -- the
most by any Terriers player this season -- to lead Boston
University, 0-5 for the first time since 1999. BU committed 19
turnovers, negating its 56 percent shooting from the field, and has
yet to score more than 64 points this season.
The Terriers dressed nine players and were missing sophomore
forward Tony Gaffney, who was suspended this week for violating
team rules and won't return until the end of the semester at the
earliest. Sophomore guard Matt Wolff is likely out for the season
after tearing ligaments in his left knee Tuesday against Rhode
Island, and freshman Ben Coblyn is sidelined with a sprained right
ankle from a loss to Michigan.
"I've scheduled our team and these kids into a tough
situation," coach Dennis Wolff said. "Within the first week of
the season we've played Duke, Michigan, URI and GW, and we have
some injuries and we have some other issues. That being said, I
think you could tell by the effort they gave tonight, this is how
hard these kids have played in every game. Once we get ourselves
healthy and we can get some time to practice a little more, we'll
Wolff said his players got tired as the second half progressed.
"If any of you guys got stuff on, I could've put you in," he
The Colonials trailed 14-6, but two 3-pointers from Elliott in a
14-0 run and a half-closing 9-2 spurt appeared to put GW in control
42-29 at the break. But the Terriers opened the second half with a
16-4 run, pulling within one at 46-45 with 14:07 remaining on
Wynn's third 3-pointer of the half, before GW again found the
rhythm with its outside shooting.
All the Colonials' focus is now on Maryland. Because GW has
trouble drawing top-level teams to its home court, the Terrapins
game is a rare meeting with a ranked team that could help the
resume when the NCAA bids are dished out in March. Hobbs needs his
defense to improve, and he needs Mensah-Bonsu to relax.
"I'm worried about everything," Hobbs said. "Are you kidding
me? Have you seen us these last three games? I really am. My
concern is teams are shooting high percentages against us. That's
something we have to get better at."