Colonials Fall to Cal In CBE Opener
Assistant Sports Director
The George Washington Colonials opened up play in the CBE Classic with a disappointing 81-54 loss to the California Golden Bears in Berkley, California. A 21-0 run by the Bears to end the first half ended up deciding the outcome.
The Colonials were able to stay in the game early, trailing only by four points coming into the first media timeout. Senior guard Aaron Ware put up four of his seven points off the bench early to put a spark into the Colonials offense.
Senior guard Tony Taylor’s desperation three at the end of the shot clock gave the Colonials a 19-18 lead with six and a half minutes left to go in the first half. But from that point on, the Bears went on a 21-0 run to end the half with a 39-19 lead. Sophomore guard Allen Crabbe, the game’s leading scorer, put up five of his 21 points during the run. His senior backcourt-mate Jorge Gutierrez put in 15 points and five assists while sophomore guard Justin Cobbs scored 16 points off the bench.
GW had two major problems that contributed to the loss: they again shot poorly from the free throw line, going three of eight. The team also faced problems on the boards, losing the battle 38-22 and giving up nine on the offensive end.
For the Colonials, Taylor lead the way with 20 points, three assists, and a steal. Mikic also had a good game, returning to his freshman year form as he went four of eight from beyond the arc to finish with 12 points. David Pellom scored six points and grabbed a team high five rebounds.
The Colonials have a week off before they travel to Bowling Green, Ohio to continue their play in their last three games of the CBE Classic. Their first matchup is Monday, November 21st against Detroit at 5pm. Jeff Pawling and Haley Milon will have the call.