Tuesday, March 11, 2003

George Washington 85, Massachusetts 74

The Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. - Chris Monroe scored 23 points to become George Washington's all-time leading scorer as the Colonials upset Massachusetts 85-74 in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

The Minutemen opened an early 14-7 lead behind 11 points from senior Jackie Rogers, who finished with 19 in his final college game.

Monroe was held scoreless for the first 11 minutes. But he began getting open later in the first half and scored all the points in an 8-3 GW run that tied the game at 36-36 with 4:48 left.

T.J. Thompson hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Colonials their first lead, 39-37, with 3:32 remaining in the half. Brennan Martin answered with a 3-pointer for Massachusetts.

A tip-in by Mike Hall and a free throw by Omar Williams gave the Colonials a three-point lead with 6.3 seconds left, but Mike Lasme's 3-pointer beat the buzzer to tie it at halftime.

Monroe hit two free throws to open the second half, giving GW the lead for good. The Minutemen struggled shooting in the second half as the Colonials pulled away.

Monroe's final two points came on a pair of free throws with 37.8 seconds left in the game. That gave him 2,227 career points, one better than Joe Holup, who played at GW from 1953-56.

Hall had 19 points and Thompson added 16 points for the Colonials. Anthony Anderson had 20 for Massachusetts.

The Colonials advance to the quarterfinals, where they'll face No. 10 Xavier, which beat GW twice during the regular season.

Massachusetts finishes at 11-18, its worst season since 1988-89, when the Minutemen were 10-18.

Rhode Island 75, Duquesne 73

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - Howard Smith's layup with 1.6 seconds remaining lifted Rhode Island to a 75-73 win over Duquesne in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

URI's Dustin Hellenga led all scorers with 24 points. Brian Woodward added 20 for the Rams (18-10, 10-6 Atlantic 10).

Kevin Forney led Duquesne (9-21, 4-12) with 14 points.

Rhode Island jumped out to an early 13-4 advantage and led by as many as 12 in the first half. But the Dukes battled back and tied it at 68-68 on a 3-pointer by Jimmy Tricco with 2:20 left in the game. Two foul shots by Bryant McAllister with 1:08 left gave Duquesne a 72-68 lead.

Hellenga scored on a drive through the lane with 56.2 seconds to play, pulling Rhode Island to within 72-70.

Duquesne had a chance to make it a two possession game with 28.5 seconds to play, but Simplice Njoya missed the second of two foul shots.

Woodward banked in a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left to tie the game at 73-73.

Smith's buzzer-beater was his only basket of the game.

It was Rhode Island's first A-10 Tournament win since the Rams beat Temple in the 1999 conference championship game. Duquesne has not won in the A-10 Tournament since 1995.

LaSalle 74, Fordham 62

PHILADELPHIA - Gary Neal scored 21 points and Jermaine Thomas added 18 as La Salle advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic 10 tournament with a 74-62 victory over Fordham on Monday night.

La Salle will now play local rival Saint Joseph's in Dayton, Ohio, on Thursday night.

David Bell added 13 points for La Salle (12-16), which starts four freshmen. Michael Haynes had 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Rams, which ended their season at 2-26.

The Explorers led by as many as 15 points in the first half, and by 40-32 with 14:17 left in the game. But Fordham rallied and closed to 44-41 at the 9:36 mark.

Neal then hit a 3-pointer, sparking a 10-2 run at the 7:46 mark, and the lead reached 61-48 with 4:38 to play.

Fordham took an early 9-8 lead on a 3-point shot by Jermaine Anderson, but never led again. Jeff Farmer hit two 3-pointers during an 11-2 La Salle run, and the Explorers built a 33-18 advantage before the Rams scored the final six points of the first half to trail 33-24 at the break.

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