Monday, March 06, 2006

Hall to George Washington! 26-1 and A-10 Champs.. In a season built on defying expectations, the Colonials' 86-85 overtime win over Charlotte Saturday and the fashion in which they closed the deal seemed only natural. When senior Mike Hall missed a three-pointer from the top of the key with 11 seconds left, sophomore Maureece Rice hit the three from the corner to send the game into overtime.With time expiring in overtime, an air ball launched by freshman Noel Wilmore that would have given GW a win was tipped in by junior Carl Elliott. And that has been this season.When a player falters, a teammate is there to recover. On a day that had all the makings for a 49ers upset on Senior Day, the Colonials came through to complete a 16-0 Atlantic 10 schedule, only the fourth of its kind in league history. GW head coach Karl Hobbs, who won the NCAA championship as an assistant at Connecticut, said Saturday's win had a special feeling. "This has to rank up there as the No. 1 game since I've been coaching," Hobbs said. "For it to end in such a dramatic fashion and put the end to these guys' Senior Day, I couldn't have asked for anything better." For graduating seniors Omar Williams, Mike Hall, Alex Kireev and Pops Mensah-Bonsu, the win closed out a four-year period that started with a 12-16 record and a first-round exit in the A-10 Tournament. This year has brought the No. 6/7 Colonials (USA Today/Associated Press), and the four seniors who have spurred the success, a chance to have what Hobbs has called "a special season." But at 26-1, Hobbs still said he's not completely satisfied.

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