- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 4, 2001

George Washington held off a furious rally by Princeton in the final moments to win the consolation game of the BB&T; Classic 60-57 last night at MCI Center.
The Tigers (1-5) trailed 55-46 with 1:08 remaining before going on a 9-2 run starting with Ahmed El-Nokali's 3-pointer. Another trey by Andre Logan cut the Colonials lead to 57-55 with 41 seconds remaining.
GW (5-3) went up by three as T.J. Thompson made one of two free throws, and teammate Chris Monroe blocked a layup attempt by Mike Bechtold (17 points). Monroe sank two free throws with eight seconds left to ensure the victory.
"We outplayed them and deserved to win," said GW coach Karl Hobbs, after his team held Princeton to 34 percent shooting. "But then we tried to be creative and give the game back to them. Our youth and inexperience showed."
Greg Collucci led GW with 23 points on eight of 11 shooting, while fellow Colonial Jaason Smith totaled 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Colonials made eight of 14 (57 percent) 3-pointers, with Collucci nailing seven of 10 from long distance.
Jon Siegel

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