No. 6 Virginia can't answer George Washington's second-half surge

George Washington upsets No. 6 Virginia (1:19)

Malcolm Brogdon scores 28 points for Virginia, but it is not enough, as George Washington holds on for a 73-68 victory. (1:19)

WASHINGTON -- Virginia coach Tony Bennett knew his sixth-ranked Cavaliers would have a tough time with George Washington.

The Colonials are a veteran team, their building was loud, and the weather was unseasonably warm for mid-November and made it uncomfortable for players on the court.

Even so, after the Cavaliers' 73-68 loss Monday, Bennett wouldn't hear of any excuses.

"We can't [say], 'We were just off, it wasn't our game.' It wasn't that," Bennett said. "We got outplayed. We got out-executed."

"Sometimes, you forget how hard it is, and these settings remind you awfully quick."

The Colonials' on-campus arena, The Smith Center, was sold out. After their win, some fans stormed the court but didn't get in the way of the departing Virginia players.

George Washington (2-0) took control with a 10-0 run that began with Patricio Garino's three-point play for a 57-55 lead with 8:06 left. Garino added a tip-in and an assist on Tyler Cavanaugh's layup. Cavanaugh hit two free throws to make it 64-55 with 5:24 remaining.

Garino and Cavanaugh led the Colonials with 18 points apiece.

Virginia (1-1) was led by Malcolm Brogdon, who had a career-high 28 points and eight rebounds.

"I look at it as a learning experience," Brogdon said. "I think we had uncharacteristic breakdowns that we usually don't have. I think it's a combination of us not communicating and taking the foot off the gas in the second half."


Brogdon was nearly the only offensive threat for Virginia in the second half, with 20 of his 28 points coming after halftime. At one point, he scored 11 straight for the Cavs. "He was a little out of sorts early," Bennett said. "I like how he responded in the second half when we needed him to."


Bennett came to his postgame news conference in sweats instead of a suit.

"What a college basketball atmosphere. I usually have my suit on. I sweated through that thing," Bennett said. "I was very impressed with that atmosphere. We knew it would be that."


According to George Washington coach Mike Lonergan, the Cavaliers shouldn't be harmed by this loss.

"That loss shouldn't hurt them if we do what we're supposed to do this year," Longergan said. "You have to take advantage of those opportunities. You don't get them very often. I wish Maryland would play us and Georgetown would play us."

Virginia forward Anthony Gill agreed.

"You need these going into later in the season. You need games like this, in this kind of environment," Gill said. "George Washington is a really good team. It helps us down the line. It hurts right now, of course. In the long run, it really helps us."


Bennett was critical of his team.

"We lacked the discipline required, and that was the message after," he said. "First comes discipline, then comes freedom after that. We were out of sync and did not play particularly well."


Virginia: Last lost to GW on Jan. 19, 1974. Hadn't faced the Colonials in Washington since 1983. ... Virginia is 18-6 in road games the past two seasons.

George Washington: Hadn't faced a top-10 opponent at home since March 4, 2000, when the Colonials lost to No. 5 Temple. Had lost eight straight such games. Most recent win over a ranked team at home came Jan. 14, 1998, against Xavier.


Virginia hosts Bradley on Thursday.

George Washington visits South Florida on Thursday.