After dismantling Morgan State on Friday night, the Hoos got the test they were looking for when they traveled up Route 29 to visit the George Washington Colonials. Fueled by a raucous home crowd the Colonials were able to spring the upset of the number six team in the country.
Leading the way for Virginia was Malcolm Brogdon with 28 points and 9 rebounds. After a somewhat sluggish start, Brogdon took over the game late in the first half. His strong play continued in the second half as he seemed to be the only Cavalier who could get anything going. Anthony Gill had 11 points and five rebounds, while Mike Tobey chipped in 10 and 7.
The Colonials were led by Tyler Cavanaugh and Patricio Garino who each had 18 points and five rebounds. Where George Washington really did their damage was at the free throw line. The Colonials took advantage of Virginia's 24 fouls and shot 82% from the line hitting on 23-28. Compare that to Virginia's 13-16 from the line and the difference in the game is pretty clear.
Virginia led early thanks to a couple easy buckets by Gill, but George Washington stormed back and after leading by as many as nine took a four point lead into the half. The Hoos chipped away even taking a lead with eight and a half minutes to go, but after that it was all Colonials as it seemed like every loose ball, and every tip-in went the way of the home team. Some of that was due to chance, but most of it seemed to be hustle. On the day Virginia was out-rebounded 37-31.
Virginia is back at it on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. when they travel to South Carolina to take on Bradley in the Charleston Classic. The game will be televised on ESPN2.