- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 24, 2001


Chris Monroe, George Washington's leading scorer, did not start the game because of an undisclosed team violation but came off the bench to score 22 points and lead the Colonials to a 69-52 victory over Binghamton in the second game of the Red Auerbach Colonial Classic at Smith Center.

Jeffrey St. Fort scored 16 points and Stanley Ocitti added 12 for the Bearcats.

George Washington (2-2) will meet Yale in the championship game, and Binghamton (1-2) will face Stony Brook in the consolation tonight.

Monroe, a 6-foot-3 guard, entered the game after sitting the first two minutes and immediately made an impact with four of the team's next eight points.

He was relentless around the basket with a team-high eight rebounds and consistently got to the free throw line.

Twice in the second half Monroe was fouled on strong drives through the lane, converting both baskets and the ensuing free throws.

Overall, the Colonials shot 35 foul shots making 26 and forced Binghamton into 22 turnovers.

The Colonials never trailed beyond the 7:28 mark of the first half.

Binghamton stymied the Colonials offense early, and after Ocitti hit two straight 3-pointers and added a tip-in, the Bearcats had completed an 11-2 run for an 18-13 lead.

George Washington regrouped and retook the lead 24-23 when Darrio Scott stole a pass at midcourt and raced uncontested for a two-hand dunk.

Binghamton tied the score at 31-31 after Jeffrey St. Fort scored all eight points in an 8-2 run but was never able to recapture the lead.

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