Bob Lindsay scored 25 points and Mike Zagardo added 23 points and 10 rebounds as George Washington upset 12th-ranked Maryland, 101-90, Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 5,000 at Smith Center.
The Colonials used patient, unselfish play on offense and a tough aggressive defense to hand Maryland its first loss in six games. GW is 4-1.
When GW and Maryland met last year, it had been 16 years since a Colonial victory. GW's second straight triumph was almost never in doubt, although star forward Lew (High Rise) Anderson who finished with 19 points, spent most of the second half on the bench with foul trouble.
GW coach Bob Tallent predicted before the game that his front line would stay with Maryland's. It didn't. It breezed by, outscoring Maryland's big men, 60-45.
Tom Tate's fine quarterbacking kept the emotional game from errupting into a brawl. Tate's backcourt mate, Lindsay, made nine of 14 shots from the floor and seven of eight free throws to finish as the game's high scorer.
Maryland, which shot 51 per cent and stayed with the Colonials on the boards, was never smooth. Jo Jo Hunter and Billy Bryant led Maryland with 20 and 19 points, respectively.
Maryland's two vaunted freshman, Albert King and Greg Manning, were held in check.
Manning, who had scored more than 20 points his last two outings, finished with only six in 22 minutes. King, who was hampered in the second half with a twisted knee, made only four of 14 shots from the field and finished with 11 points.
"They just beat us," said Maryland coach Lefty Driesell, "I don't know if they've a better team, but they were better tonight. They played together."
"There was no single key. We just played well," said Tallent, whose team shot 62 per cent. "It was team effort. We go for the good shots. This is a great win."