- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 29, 2009

From combined dispatches


LA SALLE 76, GEORGE WASHINGTON 66: Yves Mekongo Mbala scored 22 of his career-high 26 points in the first half, Rodney Green had 20 points and eight assists and the Explorers (12-7, 3-2 A-10) won their third straight game, beating the Colonials (6-12, 0-6) on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Ruben Guillandeaux scored 14 points, Paul Johnson had 13 and Vernon Goodridge grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds for La Salle.

Mbala’s 22 points at halftime were the most by a La Salle player since Steve Smith scored 23 in the first half of an 84-63 loss at Cincinnati on Dec. 22, 2004. Smith finished that game with 35 points.

Noel Wilmore scored 16 points, Rob Diggs 11 and Travis King 10 for George Washington, which lost its 10th in a row. GW hasn’t won since Dec. 23, a 59-47 victory at Sacramento State.

GW also matched its longest losing streak since the 2001-02 season and remains the only team without a conference victory in the 14-team league.

La Salle trailed 58-57 after a 3-pointer by Wilmore with 5:57 remaining. But the Explorers went on a 7-0 run - 3-pointers by Guillandeaux and Green and a free throw by Goodridge - to take a 64-58 lead with 3:34 left.

GW never got closer than four points the rest of the way.

TOWSON 69, WILLIAM & MARY 56: Troy Franklin scored 18 points and six assists to help the Tigers (8-14, 3-7 Colonial Athletic Association) beat the Tribe (6-14, 1-9) in Williamsburg.

Jarrell Smith added 13 points for Towson, which never trailed in the second half.

OLD DOMINION 80, JAMES MADISON 74: Gerald Lee scored 23 points and Ben Finney added 19 as the Monarchs (12-8, 5-5 CAA) pulled away in the second half for a win over the Dukes (13-9, 5-5) in Harrisonburg, Va.

Old Dominion trailed 33-32 at the half, but used a 12-2 run early in the second half to go up 49-40 with 12:41 remaining. James Madison used a quick burst to cut it to 53-50, but could get no closer.

SAINT JOSEPH’S 68, RICHMOND 58: Tasheed Carr score 21 points to lead the Hawks (12-7, 5-0 Atlantic 10) in a road win over the Spiders (11-9, 3-2) to stay undefeated in the conference.

UMBC 84, BINGHAMTON 78: Darryl Proctor scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half, and the Retrievers (9-11, 3-5 America East) rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Bearcats (12-8, 5-3) in Catonsville, Md.


VIRGINIA TECH 65, CLEMSON 61: Utaya Drye had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Hokies (10-10, 1-5 ACC) get their first conference win of the season, beating the Tigers (12-10, 2-6) in Clemson, S.C.

Three other Virginia Tech players were in double figures - Nikki Davis had 14 points, and Laura Haskins and Shanel Harrison each scored 10.

GEORGE WASHINGTON 64, DAYTON 52: Freshman Tara Booker hit a career-high five 3-pointers for 15 points and Antelia Parrish hit four from behind the arc in a 14-point effort as the Colonials (12-8, 4-1 Atlantic 10) made a season-high 11 3-pointers in a victory over the Flyers (13-8, 2-3) in Dayton, Ohio.

George Washington led by 19 early in the second half and withstood several Dayton charges to capture its fifth consecutive victory and 24th in as many meetings with Dayton.

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