Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
George Washington, a basketball team with high expectations this season, lost its second straight game and its coach's respect Saturday night in an 82-62 rout by James Madison for third palce in the Virginia Tipoff Tournament, which the host Cavaliers won easily.
Virginia, another team with his hopes, enhanced its stock in an 81-60 demolition of Virginia Commonwealth in the championship game at University Hall. Jeff Lamp, the tournament's most valuable player, led the Cavaliers with 29 points.
In GW's semifinal, the Colonials collapsed in the second half against VCU. Last night, they faltered almost 20 minutes sooner against a younger Madison team that relished the opportunity to thrash a "name" opponent, and did so behind Steve Stielper's tournament-record 32 points.
In assessing the game, GW Coach Bob Tallent went for his players' jugulars: "I don't think we're any good. Obviously, we have a mental problem because we weren't ready to play. They don't have any pride because they don't care if they lose. It's a lack of effort, that's what it is.
"The problem with our guys is that they've read all the clippings about how they're supposed to finish second in the Eastern Eight. They want all the glory and they don't want to do the work. They're fat cats."
Tallent said the developments here "completely shocked" him.
So Tallent didn't even let his players stay to watch the final game. He piled the players and the television sets they received as tournament trophies into the team bus, headed back to Washington and called "an old-fashioned butt-kicking practicel" for 9 a.m. today.
For the second straight night, GW was badly outrebounded. In their last three halves of basketball, the Colonials' opposition has controlled two of every three rebounds.
"It's not technical," Tallent said. "It's lack of effort. We aren't going up for them. Ziggy (center Mike Zagardo) and (forward Tom) Glenn were zero tonight.
GW's problems last night began shortly after forward Mike Samson collected his third foul and went to the bench with 14:37 left in the half. Tallent, in a tactical move, started Samson, instead of Glenn, on Stielper. Samson, however, collected two of those three fouls at the offensive end of the court.
GW led, 12-9, at that point with Bob Lindsay already having scored eight of his 20 points. Transfer Brian Magid replaced Samson, putting GW in a three-guard alignment. Magid, showing difficulty in running the GW offense, missed two shots, committed two turnovers and Madison scored 21 points in its next 11 possessions for a 30-32 lead.
Freshman point guard Jeff Inman came off the bench early to stabilize the Dukes and direct them to what Coach Lou Campanelli called as big a win as any in Madison history.
GW players were saying nothing afterward, on orders from Tallent.
"They're not deserving of comment," Tallent said. "Why would anybody listen to them? Nobody wants to read what they say. They're not good enough."
In the championship game, Virginia continued playing the aggressive, muscle defense it showed Friday night and took VCU completely out of its offense. The Cavs led by as many as 21 points in the first half.