GW Men's Hoops Drops 84-57 Decision at VCU
Larsen, Garino Score 10 Apiece as Colonials Three-Game Road Win Streak Ends
Feb. 16, 2013
The loss snapped a three-game road win streak for GW (11-12, 5-5 A-10), which currently sits in ninth place in the 16-team A-10 standings. The Colonials, who were making their first trip to VCU and Verizon Wireless Arena, fell to 0-4 all-time against the Rams.
Larsen finished a rebound shy of his first collegiate double-double, collecting a team-best nine rebounds while adding two steals and 5-of-9 shooting for the Colonials. Garino also made 5-of-9 shots for 10 points and added a team-high three steals.
Freshman point guard Joe McDonald chipped in nine points, but committed eight of GW's 25 turnovers, which matched a season high and led to 27 points for the Rams.
VCU (21-5, 9-2 A-10) won its fifth straight behind Juvonte Reddic's 24-point, 10-rebound double-double and 11 points apiece from Rob Brandenburg, Troy Daniels and reserve Melvin Johnson.
After taking an early 8-2 lead, GW suffered through a pair of costly field goal droughts which VCU used to build an advantage it wouldn't relinquish the rest of the night. The Rams responded with a 12-2 run during a 4:17 stretch to take the lead for good and forced a Colonials' timeout after a Brandenburg triple made it 21-14 midway through the half.
Larsen's fourth basket of the period trimmed the deficit to 28-22, but GW failed to hit a shot over the final 4:05 and VCU closed with a 14-2 spurt for a 42-24 advantage at halftime.
The Colonials got as close as 63-51 at the midway point of the second half as the Rams dealt with backcourt foul trouble and Garino sparked a 10-4 run with six of his 10 points.
However, GW would make just one field goal the rest of the way as VCU finished the game with a 21-6 run to deal the Colonials their largest loss of the season.
VCU shot 53 percent (32-60) from the floor, anchored by Reddic's 11-of-13 performance, and converted 8-of-17 from behind the arc. Conversely, GW shot just 38.9 percent (21-54), including 1-of-7 from three-point range, and made just 14-of-25 foul shots.
GW will play its 500th game inside the Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday when it hosts Fordham at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, streamed on RaiseHigh.tv and broadcast live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.