GW Men's Hoops Drops 84-57 Decision at VCU

Freshman Kevin Larsen led GW with 10 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's 84-57 loss at A-10 leader VCU on Saturday night.

Feb. 16, 2013

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RICHMOND, Va. - Freshmen Kevin Larsen and Patricio Garino scored 10 points apiece, but George Washington men's basketball dropped an 84-57 decision at Atlantic 10 leader VCU on Saturday night.

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 and broadcast live on and 1500/820 AM.