WASHINGTON (AP) -- Off to its best start in 52 years, No. 15 George Washington isn't content with an 8-0 start.
"The sky's the limit," said Danilo Pinnock, who scored 18 points to lead five Colonials in double figures in a 98-72 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday. "Defense and rebounding are the main two things we have to improve on. The way we play,
we're going to score points. If you can find a big man that can run with my big man, I'd like to see it."Pops Mensah-Bonsu, George Washington's big man, had 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Colonials, who are off to their best start since winning their first 11 games in 1953-54."We're not perfect, I know that," Mensah-Bonsu added. "In the first half, we had nine turnovers and we can always work on that. ... We try to make the great play instead of the right play sometimes. I think we just need to make better decisions during the game."Carl Elliott had 16 points and seven assists for George Washington, while Maureece Rice had 15 points and six assists and Mike Hall added 11 points.George Washington took control with a 20-4 run midway through the first half. Hall's 3-pointer capped the spurt and gave the Colonials a 36-17 lead with 9:13 remaining. They shot a season-high 66 percent from the field, including a season-best 55 percent from 3-point range. The Colonials also had a season-high 28 assists."I truly believe that our program is overachieving a tad bit when you look at the big picture," Colonials coach Karl Hobbs said. "Hopefully we can continue to overachieve."Tim Parham led Maryland-Eastern Shore (2-8) with 21 points and nine rebounds and Antonio McMillion added 17 points and eight rebounds.The Hawks are the third Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team the Colonials have faced this season. George Washington has won 14 straight games at home against non-conference opponents.Omar Williams of George Washington and Qavotstaraj Waddell of Maryland-Eastern Shore were ejected with 4:20 remaining in the first half for leaving their benches during a scuffle that carried into the laps of spectators seated in the front row along the baseline. The altercation followed Art Valentine's intentional foul on Pinnock, who got up and charged Valentine."It was a hard foul and emotions were running," Pinnock said. "That was it, nothing past that. Things like that happen in a game all the time."Several players spilled into the seats but no punches were thrown."The rest of the guys were just sort of reacting a little bit," Hobbs said. "I thought there were cool heads on both teams because I've seen those kind of situations and I've seen punches and I've seen it turn into a melee, and it never got anywhere close to that. I thought the officials handled it extremely well. I thought the players handled themselves well because it could have easily turned into a bad situation. I thought the guys were very, very mature about it."Mensah-Bonsu passed Ronnie Nunn for 31st place on the Colonials' career scoring list. Nunn, a veteran NBA referee, scored 1,068 points for George Washington from 1969-72. Early in the second half, Hall hit a 3-pointer to become the 37th 1,000-point scorer in school history.The Colonials travel to North Carolina State (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) on Dec. 30."I'm confident that we're going to go down there and put on a good show," Pinnock said. "Everybody's just real excited about this next one because we know we have a chance to do something real big and we all just want to take advantage of it."