Colonials Bomb Tigers, 90-71


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The Tigers will next face Furman on Dec. 29th at the Bi-Lo Center.

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CLEMSON, S.C. - George Washington used a Clemson record 15 3-point shots
to defeat Clemson, 90-71, Wednesday night in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers,
coming off a win over Winthrop, were rendered helpless as the Colonials peppered their
defense with a flurry of three point shots throughout the game. The Tigers fell
behind early and never recovered.


George Washington's Bernard Barrow, SirValiant Brown, and Chris Monroe led the Colonial scoring with 28, 27, and 23 bringing George Washington to a 5-5 record.


"I always had the feeling that their guards could get them a shot anytime they
wanted," said Larry Shyatt. "They could create a shot for a teammate whether it was early in the
clock or late. And that is a paralyizing feeling to your defense. And our
defense is, usually, and has been, outstanding."


"In our scouting report we were hoping to off the three spot similar to what we
did to Grant from South Carolina and encourage jump shots, so our bigs could keep their position and rebound," said Shyatt.


The Colonials needed no help, but were the recipients of two gifts, in the form
of technical fouls on Clemson. Head Coach Larry Shyatt was whistle for one for
questioning a referee call, while Ray Henderson contributed his through a
taunting gesture.


Adam Allenspach began the second half with a free throw for the Tigers and
Edward Scott followed with a 3-pointer. The Colonials reacted quickly and led by
as much as 16, minutes into the second half.


"They have great back court players and I thought they played quite well. We
did a great job on their interior. I don’t think they made 5 points on the
interior, but they were just absolutely dominating on the perimeter
today," said Shyatt.


Clemson committed 12 turnovers compared to just 3 for the Colonials. The
Tigers hit 8 of 14 on the free throw line and shot a poor 36% from the field.


It was a breakout game for Pasha Bains who has struggled since gaining eligibility to play earlier this month. Bains scored 19 points and collected 3 rebounds. Shyatt has high hopes for Bains, but knows that Pasha has alot to learn.


"He was at ease and we know he is going to be a shot producer. He obviously has
to collect himself better cardio- wise and defensively, because he gave
up some points too."


Bains felt that the Tigers should have had the game in hand.


"We should have won that game I think. We made them look a lot better than
they were out there. That’s the thing that is really killing us right now,"
said Bains. "I’m feeling a little more comfortable. I think things are going to
go up now but I’m still not even close to where I want to be. It’s kind of
learning under fire right now."


The Tigers will next face Furman on Dec. 29th at the Bi-Lo Center.


"From what I saw on tape, I thought Winthrop and Furman were the two best teams in our state,"
said Shyatt.

    
GEORGE WASHINGTON (5-5)
de Miranda 1-1 0-2 2, Iturbe 3-4 1-1 7, Ngongba 0-1 0-0 0, Barrow 8-15 5-9
28, Brown 7-27 10-12 27, Monroe 7-14 5-8 23, Khamenia 1-3 0-0 3, Roma 0-0 0-0
0, Lund 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 27-65 21-34 90.

CLEMSON (5-6) Jurkunas 3-8 0-0 9, Nagys 1-3 0-1 2, Allenspach 6-11 2-5 14, Solomon 5-16 1-2 14, Scott 2-7 0-0 6, Bains 7-17 2-2 19, Gilmore 2-6 0-0 4, Henderson 0-2 3-4 3, Javtokas 0-3 0-0 0, Holt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-73 8-14 71.

Halftime-GW 41, Clemson 30. 3-Point goals-G.W. 15-38 (Barrow 7-14, Brown 3-16, Monroe 4-7, Khamenia 1-1), Clemson 11-31 (Jurkunas 3-7, Solomon 3-10, Scott 2-6, Bains 3-8). Fouled out-Gilmore. Rebounds-G.W. 42 (Monroe 13), Clemson 55 (Jurkunas 11). Assists-G.W. 14 (Barrow, Brown 4), Clemson 20 (Jurkunas 7). Total fouls-G.W. 19, Clemson 24. Technicals-Clemson bench, Henderson. A-8,000.


Clemson Player of the Game

Freshman Pasha Bains came off the bench to pour in 19 points for Clemson on Wednesday night…it was a breakout game for Bains, a transfer from Wyoming, who has struggled since gaining eligibility to play earlier this month…Bains missed the first seven games of the season because of NCAA transfer rules…in addition to his 19 points he grabbed three rebounds, all offensive.


Key Stat of the Game

George Washington made 15 three-point attempts in Wednesday night’s win over Clemson…it was the third most 3s ever made against Clemson and the most made against the Tigers in Littlejohn Coliseum.


Solomon Has Another Solid Performance

Sophomore Will Solomon continues to prove to be the most important cog in the Clemson offense…he scored 14 points against GW…unfortunately for Clemson Solomon sat a majority of the first half on the bench because of foul trouble.


Andrius Jurkunas Continues to Contribute Despite Playing With Broken Thumb

Andrius Jurkunas was not the game’s leading scorer, but he did have a big game for Clemson on Wednesday night…Jurkunas continues to come up big for the Tigers despite playing with a bandage on his right hand as he waits for his broken thumb to heal…against George Washington he pulled down a career high 11 rebounds and dished out a career high seven assists…he has 13 assists combined in the last two games…he scored nine points against the Colonials.


George Washington’s Triple Trouble

George Washington had three scorers combine for 78 of the team’s 90 points on Thursday night…it was the first time a team had three 20-point scorers against Clemson since Florida State had three in Tallahassee during the 1992-93 season…Bernard Barrow led GW’s assault with 28 points, he was 7-14 on 3s…Freshman SirValiant Brown entered the game as the nation’s second leading scorer and dumped in 27 against Clemson…Brown did not have a good shooting night however, he was 7-27 (25.9%) from the floor and 3-16 (18.8%) on 3s…Chris Monroe probably had the best all-around game of anybody on the floor as he scored 23 points (7-14, 4-7 on 3s), grabbed 13 rebounds, had two assists, one steal and no turnovers in the game.


The 90 Points By George Washington Is…

The 90 points by George Washington is the second highest point total scored against a Larry Shyatt coached team.


All In the Family

Junior Antxon Iturbe, brother of former Clemson player Iker Iturbe, scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds for GW…Iker played for Clemson from 1994-1998…he passed up his final year of eligibility to play professionally in Spain…Iker wore number-15 during his days at Clemson, Antxon wears the same number at George Washington.

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