GW pulls off huge upset of No. 6 Virginia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Lonergan has his biggest win in five years as George Washington's coach. His Colonials beat No. 6 Virginia 73-68 on Monday night.
But first, he had to overcome a faux pas. With just over three minutes to play, George Washington was assessed a technical foul for having six men on the court.
"I'm glad we won because I've never had six guys on the court. I take the blame for that. I thought I'd get (criticized) in here if that came back to haunt us," Lonergan said.
It didn't matter.
The Colonials (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.
"People didn't recognize us early in the season, and we know it's motivation for us to prove people wrong," Garino said.
Virginia (1-1) was led by Malcolm Brogdon, who had a career-high 28 points and eight rebounds.
"We can't (say) 'we were just off, it wasn't our game.' It wasn't that. We got outplayed. We got outexecuted," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "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, and after their win, some fans stormed the court, but didn't get in the way of the departing Virginia players.
BROGDON GOES ON A RUN:
Brogdon was nearly the only offensive threat for Virginia in the second half, scoring 20 of his 28 points then. At one point, he had 11 straight.
"He was a little out of sorts early. I like how he responded in the second half when we needed him to," Bennett said.
HOT NIGHT FOR BENNETT:
Bennett came to his postgame press conference in sweats instead of a suit.
"What a college basketball atmosphere. I usually have my suit on. I sweated through that thing. I was very impressed with that atmosphere. We knew it would be that,' Bennett said.
WHERE WILL UVA BE RANKED?
According to 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. 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," Lonergan said.
Virginia's Anthony Gill agreed.
"You need these going into later in the season. You need games like this, in this kind of environment. 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," Gill said.
Bennett was critical of his team.
"We lacked the discipline required, and that was the message after. First comes discipline, then comes freedom after that," Bennett said.
"We were out of synch and did not play particularly well."
Virginia: Last lost to GW on Jan. 19, 1974 and hadn't faced the Colonials in Washington since 1983. ... They're 18-6 in road games over the last two seasons.
George Washington: Hadn't faced a Top 10 opponent on their home court since March 4, 2000, when they lost to No. 5 Temple. They had lost eight straight such games, and their last win over a ranked team at home came on Jan. 14, 1998, against Xavier.
Virginia hosts Bradley on Thursday.