Gwu Pulls Rank, Tops No. 1 Umass

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Gwu Pulls Rank, Tops No. 1 Umass


The, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


With America's No. 1 fan in the stands and the No. 1 Massachusetts Minutemen on the court, George Washington coach Mike Jarvis thought it was time to take some advice from President Clinton.

Jarvis said he met the president at a White House ceremony earlier this year and Clinton suggested he play some zone defense in addition to GW's usual man-to-man.

"So I thought maybe today would be a good time, especially since he was going to be here, to play some zone," Jarvis said. Comparing pre-game security at GW's Smith Center to preparations for a war, he added, "when you go to war you try to do something maybe the enemy doesn't expect."

The unexpected result was the Colonials' 78-75 defeat of No. 1 Massachusetts Saturday in Washington, which ended the Minutemen's 16-game winning streak, longest in the nation.

"You guys are wonderful. I was really proud of you. There was a lot of pressure on you," Clinton told the GW players in their locker room afterward. "I want to say congratulations. It was an honor for me to be here."

The president attended the game with his dauhter, Chelsea.

Kwame Evans scored 27 points and George Washington (14-8, 7-3 Atlantic 10) made its foul shots down the stretch to hold on against Massachusetts (17-2, 9-1), which played without top shot-blocker Marcus Camby, who has a hamstring injury.

"I knew they were tired, and once they get tired, they start to foul a lot. We made a lot of free throws in the end, and that really helped us," said Vaughn Jones, who hit two foul shots with 4.6 seconds remaining for the final margin. Jones and Nimbo Hammons each finished with 18 points for the Colonials.

Massachusetts rallied from a six-point deficit in the last 38 seconds to come within 76-75 on a 3-point basket by Edgar Padilla with 10 seconds remaining.

However, Jones hit his free throws to put the game out of reach. When Derek Kellogg's half-court shot fell short at the buzzer, fans at the sell-out game stormed the court and hoisted Evans on top of one of the baskets.

The crowd then stood for several minutes, cheering, and waving at Clinton as the president smiled and waved back.

Roe, who filled in at center for the 6-11 Camby, led Massachusetts with 21 points. Kellogg added 17.

Georgia Tech 100, Maryland 91: Travis Best scored 30 points and freshman Matt Harpring 28 as No. 21 Georgia Tech snapped fifth-ranked Maryland's winning streak at six games.

The Yellow Jackets (15-6, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended their home winning streak to 15 games and beat the Terps at Atlanta for the 13th time in the last 14 games.

Maryland (17-4, 7-2) twice had leads of 11 points in the first half and led 66-61 midway through the second half before Best started the Yellow Jackets' comeback with a 12-footer in the lane and a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 66-66 tie with 9:32 to play. …

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