2016 BB&T Classic: Florida State 67, George Washington 48

An annual event that has taken place in Washington, D.C., since 1995, the BB&T Classic Basketball Tournament occurs at the Verizon Center in early in December. Organized by Peter Teeley, the former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, and a group of prominent Washingtonians, the tournament raises funds for the Children’s Charities Foundation.

This year, four teams played in just one game each.  Two local teams, Georgetown University and the George Washington University, competed against Elon University and Florida State University, respectively.

Florida State (7-1) befuddles George Washington (4-4), 67-48, in the BB&T Classic

Dec. 4, 2016, Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. – Early in the second half, a dispirited fan, wearing a Colonials cap and sweatshirt, called out to the time-keeper to keep the clock running.

His despair was due to the fact that, with 14:16 to go, Florida State was already ahead, 49-21.  Dominating all statistical categories, for the game, the Seminoles made 41 percent of their field goal attempts versus 23 percent for George Washington, 36 percent to 17 percent in three-pointers, 17 to 6 in assists, and made six fewer turnovers.

Florida State’s CJ Walker, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, and Dwayne Bacon each scored double figures.  The 7’4″ Christ Koumadje, the tallest player in the school’s history, had three blocks and eight points in 12 minutes of play.

For George Washington, the Colonials’ Kevin Marfo scored a team high of 18 points off the bench.


Photos: 2016 BB&T Classic – Florida State 67, George Washington 48
all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine