Berkeley, CA – George Washington will open the Progressive conference clash at Haas Pavilion.
George Washington opened its season with a convincing 64-48 win over Maryland Eastern Shore on Friday. It was the sixth season opening win in seven seasons for the Colonials, who play their next four games in the CBE Classic. Following the trip to California, the Colonials will meet Detroit in a non- conference matchup on November 21st.
California also picked up a win its season opener, beating UC Irvine 77-56 thanks to 24 points from Allen Crabbe. It was the fourth consecutive season opening win for the Golden Bears under head coach Mike Montgomery. California will host Austin Peay on Tuesday, and then will travel to Kansas City for a pair of games next week as part of the CBE Classic.
This marks the first meeting between George Washington and California.
In head coach Mike Lonergan's first game at George Washington, the Colonials showed promise for the long season ahead, especially on the defensive end. UMES shot just 29 percent from the field in being limited to 48 points. That compensated for George Washington's 38.5 percent shooting from the field. Nonetheless, the Colonials still got a nice performance out of Tony Taylor, who scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to go along with three assists. Aaron Ware scored nine points and recorded eight boards, and David Pellom added nine marked on 3-of-5 shooting. Junior Dwayne Smith is still out of the lineup for George Washington due to concussion-like symptoms. He's listed day- to-day.
Crabbe connected on 10-of-19 from the field, and hit four three pointers for the Golden Bears against UC Irvine. Jorge Gutierrez also had an excellent all- around game for California, scoring 11 points to complement his nine rebounds and seven assists. Harper Kamp added 10 points and eight boards and Richard Solomon had eight points and eight rebounds. California, which led by 25 at halftime, shot 45.9 percent from the field (including 47.1 percent from three- point range). The California defense kept UC Irvine out of sorts offensively, holding the Anteaters to 22-of-56 shooting (39.3 percent), and only one player (Chris McNealy, 14 points) scored in double digits for UCI.