Second Half Spurt Keys GW Win Over Howard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dadrian Collins scored a career- and team-high 17 points and Kandi Mukole came off the bench to add a season-high 14 but it was not enough to offset a second half surge that enabled George Washington University to pull away to an 81-63 win over Howard in a non-conference men's basketball game at the Smith Center.
A 6-5, 190-pound freshman forward from Williamsburg, VA, Collins hit on 6 of 10 from the field, including 3 of 6 from three-point range, offsetting his previous high of 13 against American University on December 5.
The Bison (1-13) played their best half of the season but still trailed, 36-32 at intermission. Senior guard Curtis White led the way by scoring all 12 of his points in the first 20 minutes.
The Colonials (10-3) threatened to put the game away at the start of the second when they embarked on a 16-6 run that opened a 52-38 lead at the 15:03 mark. Damian Hollis, who scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, did most of the damage.
The Bison aided George Washington's cause by committing 10 turnovers that the Colonials converted into 15 second half points, 29 for the game.
"We did not do a good job of getting back on defense in the transition game," said Howard Coach Gil Jackson. "We are playing a lot of freshmen and they sometimes lose their focus. I'm sure that is something that GW saw on the tape and felt that they could exploit."
Howard was able to cut into the lead and narrow the deficit to 52-44 on a pair of three point baskets by Collins and Mukole at the 13:47 mark. The Bison had chances to cut even deeper into the deficit, but they failed to convert on three straight possessions.
George Washington ran off a 6-0 spurt and Howard was not able to recover as it dropped its fifth straight.
"I thought Dadrian played well tonight as he continues to progress," said Jackson. "I also thought that Curtis (White) had his best game this season. He is a senior and he has not played well. As a whole, our seniors just have not performed the way we expected. We have a number of freshmen who are playing significant minutes so we need our seniors to step up."
Mukole added a team-high 8 rebounds while C.J. Prince came off the bench to tally 6.
Tony Taylor contributed 13 to the George Washington cause.
NEXT UP: Howard begins a three-game home stretch on Monday when it entertains Navy at 7 pm in the Burr Gymnasium. The Bison will then resume MEAC play with games against Morgan State on Saturday, January 9 at 4 and Coppin State on Monday, January 11 at 8 pm.