Hofstra routed by George Washington
GalleriesGeorge Washington 80, Hofstra 56
Though the game's outcome had long been decided, Pride coach Mo Cassara clapped his hands in disgust and looked away from the court. It was a frustrating afternoon for Cassara as Hofstra lost, 80-56, in front of 1,371 at Smith Center.
Hofstra, 0-4 on the road, allowed the Colonials to hit 61.8 percent of their shots and build a 40-27 rebounding advantage. GW had 26 assists on 34 field goals. The Pride (3-4) shot 31.7 percent.
Moussa Kone missed a dunk in each half and reserve Jordan Allen had an air ball on a free throw in the second half to add to the rough afternoon.
"It was not bad luck. They were working harder than us. They had more intensity than us," said Mejia, who had seven points and two assists. "We have to work harder. The thing we have to worry about is defense. That is the main thing. We let them do whatever they wanted."
Said Cassara: "They were the more aggressive team tonight. We continue to struggle on the road. We have a young team and we have to learn how to handle adversity. Clearly, we have not done that on the road. It is tough to go on the road and we have played some good teams. We have to figure out a way to battle back and it is going to be a real challenge."
Taran Buie led Hofstra with 15 points but shot 3-for-12 from the field. Jimmy Hall had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Pride, which trailed 38-22 at halftime and by 27 with 1:57 to play.
"They got the ball inside a lot" in the first half, Hall said. "They executed more than we did. We have to play with more intensity on the road."
The Colonials (2-2) went on an 11-0 run late in the first half and took a 34-16 lead on a basket by Lasan Kromah, who had 15 points.
"Some of it was what we didn't do well," Cassara said of the run. "We missed some layups and dunks in the first half. We were a step slow all night. We have a lot of work to do as far as upping our defensive intensity."
A field goal by Hall ended the run, and a three-pointer by Shaquille Stokes in the closing seconds of the first half cut Hofstra's deficit to 16.
But the Colonials, who got 14 points from Kevin Larsen and 12 from Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood, shot 70.8 percent in the second half and were never threatened.
GW was picked to finish 13th in the 16-team Atlantic 10 Conference by coaches and media personnel during media day in October.
The Colonials started three freshmen against Hofstra: point guard McDonald (six assists), Patricio Garino (nine points) and Larsen.
"We played defense, we outrebounded an opponent and shared the ball," GW coach Mike Lonergan said.
It was only the second meeting between the two teams. In their previous matchup, Hofstra defeated George Washington, 82-67, during the 1982-83 season in the Juice Bowl Tournament in Lakeland, Fla.