Colonials Win, Terps Lose at BB&T Classic
Robert P. Stephens II | 12/10/2009, 8:18 a.m.
The Colonials of George Washington used their speed and defensive pressure to defeat Navy, 81-69 in the opener of the BB&T classic held at the Verizon Center on Sun., Dec. 6. The Colonials outscored Navy 44-34 in the second half, wearing the Midshipman down with their defensive press.
BB&T The Terps Jordan Williams drains two of his 19 points against Villanova. Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah
Classic MVP Scottie Reynolds goes up for 2 of his 38 in Villanova€s win over Maryland. Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah
€We look to improve our results with each game,€ said George Washington coach Karl Hobbs.€ We felt the [defensive] pressure was bothering them.€
The Colonials were led by 6€8€ senior Damion Hollis (18 points 4 rebounds) who converted several rebounds into fast break layups.
We wanted to take advantage and keep the ball moving,€ Hollis said. GW also out- rebounded Navy 40-32, with seven players grabbing four or more rebounds.
€Our rebounding is a collective effort,€ Hollis said. €Everyone has a responsibility to help their teammates out.€
GW shot 56.7 percent in the second half to Navy€s 35.7 percent. GW improved to 6-1 on the season, while Navy fell to 4-5.
In the nightcap, two nationally ranked teams faced one another - the University of Maryland Terrapins and the Wildcats from Villanova University. The Wildcats emerged victorious, with a 95-86 win over the Terps. Nova jumped out to a 49-38 at the half never relinquished the lead.
€Its tough playing catch-up with a team like that,€ said Maryland head coach Gary Williams.
Villanova shot 50 percent from the three point line on 11-22 shooting.
Terps€ guard Sean Mosley scored 12 points in the first half, hitting five consecutive shots from the floor. Freshman Jordan Williams chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds to keep the Terps within striking distance, while Villanova senior Scotty Reynolds scored 15 points and Corey Stokes chipped in 12 points in the first half.
Corey Fisher ran the offense and contributed 6 points while committing only one turnover.
Nova€s 3-point shooting cooled down in the second half, dropping to 29.4 percent, and they also out-rebounded the Terps 45-33. The Wildcats€ Antonio Pena collected 11 rebounds to lead the team. The Terps had 19 turnovers; the Wildcats 14.
Sean Mosley led Maryland in scoring with 26 points and five rebounds, Eric Hayes contributed with 20 points and senior Grevious Vasquez finished with 12 points, seven assists, and three rebounds.
Villanova was led in scoring by tournament MVP Scotty Reynolds, who finished with 25 points, eight assists, and four rebounds.
Reynolds, who is from Herndon, Va., said he considers the Verizon Center his home away from home.
€I always feel good about returning home,€ Reynolds said. Villanova improved their record to 8-0. The Terps are now 5-3.