CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A lot of talk before Friday's Capital-George Washington season opener centered on the Kanawha Valley return of Division I signee Jon Elmore, now playing at GW.
However, much of the talk after the game fixed on Capital senior guard Carrington Morris, who willed his team to an 83-73 victory in front of a capacity crowd of about 900 at GW High School.
Morris poured in 32 points and chipped in a little of everything with 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals.
"This is a better team than G-dub,'' Morris said. "I mean, I'm sorry to say it, but we prepare for every game like we prepared last season, and last season we didn't do too good [with a 10-15 record]. So we just try to come out and treat every game like they treated us last year.
"I'm out here trying to get my team involved. We're all trying to get to the next level, and I try to put myself in the places to do that.''
Elmore, a standout for two seasons at South Charleston before playing last year at Christ School, a prep school in North Carolina, had a rough start in Friday's homecoming, missing his first seven shots and going scoreless for more than 11 minutes.
But the 6-foot-3 senior guard, who's already signed with VMI, rebounded to finish with 29 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Still, it wasn't enough to rescue the Patriots from deficits as large as 18 points late in the third quarter. The closest they could get in the second half was 66-61 with 2:59 left and then 77-70 in the final minute.
"I thought we kept battling,'' said GW coach Rick Greene, "but we would come down and make a mistake, and when you get down like that, you just can't make any mistakes.
"And they were just better. Sometimes, somebody just beats you. They were deeper, they were quicker and we just couldn't catch up with their quickness. I'm discouraged, but not disappointed.''
Morris got scoring support from his low-post tandem of Bryce Goldsmith (14 points, six rebounds) and Brad Grose (13 points, 12 rebounds), who led Capital to a 43-30 edge off the boards.