George Washington 87, St. Bonaventure 78
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Shawnta Rogers, a 5-foot-3 freshman making his home debut, scored 19 points, had 10 assists and grabbed an improbable eight rebounds Tuesday night to lead George Washington to an 87-78 victory over St. Bonaventure.
Kwame Evans scored a game-high 25 points for the Colonials (8-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10), who won their sixth straight. Jerome Spellman led St. Bonaventure with 16 points, including 14 over the final seven minutes as the Bonnies (4-6, 0-2) closed a 25-point gap to six.
Rogers, a highly-regarded recruit from Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore, was unable to enroll at George Washington in the fall semester for academic reasons. He gained admission for the spring semester, and has averaged 14.0 points over four games and won the starting point guard job since seeing his first action in a holiday tournament last month.
Rogers’ play against the Bonnies was inspirational. He leaped onto the press tables to retrieve one rebound and out-jumped players a foot taller to put back another for a basket.
The Colonials used an 11-0 run midway through the first half to take a 39-28 halftime lead. The lead grew to 25 as the Bonnies went more than six minutes without a field goal midway through the second half.
Shandue McNeill, the Bonnies’ point guard and leading scorer, scored 11 points and fouled out with 2:31 to play.
The contest was the only Tuesday game in the Washington metropolitan area not canceled by a massive weekend snowstorm. St. Bonaventure, which played at Appalachian State on Saturday, arrived by bus as the storm was setting in early Sunday morning.
Despite major tranportation problems in the area, 1,571 fans attended the game at the Smith Center. The Colonials women’s game against Tulane, scheduled to precede the men’s game, was postponed.