Hall leads Colonials to rout of Owls
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Mike Hall scored 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting as George Washington opened its season with an 87-42 rout of Division I-newcomer Kennesaw State at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Carl Elliott added 14 points and Maureece Rice chipped in 13 points off the bench for the Colonials (1-0), who played the first of three games without forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu. The starting forward was suspended by the school for violations related to his early declaration for the NBA draft.
George Washington scored 60 points in the paint and was effective on the break, holding a 30-11 edge. The game was tied 4-4, but the Colonials took the lead for good on an Elliott layup with 17:32 left in the first half.
Ronnell Wooten was the only Kennesaw State player to reach double figures, netting 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the floor as the Owls (1-3) shot just 32 percent and connected on only 2-of-14 from beyond the arc.
The Colonials connected on nine of their first 10 shots, continuously getting into the paint and converting mid-range jumpers. The hot start helped George Washington open up a 20-12 advantage with 11:35 left in the half.
George Washington gradually increased the lead throughout the remainder of the half and led 39-19 at the break. Hall picked up the frontcourt scoring without Mensah-Bonsu, connecting on all seven of his field-goal attempts for 16 points.
The Colonials forced 13 first-half turnovers and converted them into a dozen points. Kennesaw State went the final 5:22 of the half without a field goal.
A 19-6 run to open the second half turned the game into a rout. The lead grew to as many as 48 points at 85-37 with 3:05 remaining. The Colonials also held a 34-8 advantage in the paint and a scored 23 points off turnovers in the second half.
This was the first meeting between the two schools...George Washington was the last top-25 team to open its season...This is Kennesaw State's first year as a Division I program. The Owls won the 2003-04 Division II national title...Kennesaw State opened its season by going 1-2 at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska...George Washington has won its last 17 home openers...Danilo Pinnock scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Colonials...Hall pulled down 10 boards, seven of them coming on the offensive end.
11/23 22:14:49 ET