If George Washington Coach Bob Tallent would rather not play in the Villanova field house anymore, you could understand why.
The Colonials' visit to Villanova's chamber of horrors last night ended with Brian Magid's consecutive free throw streak going down the drain, GW's three game winning streak halted and an ejection for fighting marring the final minutes.
In a frantic, physical game, Villanova shot 63.8 percent and whipped the Colonials, 95-78. The Wildcats, 12/4 overall, 4-2 in the Eastern Eight, ran off a 10-0 lead in the first 1:41, and GW (8-5, 2-4) never got closer than three.
"Who wants to play in this place?" Tallent asked. "It's great if you're Villanova, but how'd you like to play out there? Don't get me wrong. They've got an excellent basketball team. But here they're just that much better. I don't think many teams in the country could win in here. I think it's our turn to play in the Palestra next year.
"However," Tallent said, "the field house was not the only reason George Washington lost.
"Our defense has something to do with it. I didn't think we could play them man to man, but they just moved the ball around our zone so quick. We didn't adjust at all."
Villanova's full-court press cost the Colonials four turnovers in their first five trips up the court. That got them pinned down in a hurry, and they never really recovered even though they did battle back to 46-40 at the half.
Then Villanova shredded GW's 1-3-1 zone and made nine of 10 shots the first 10 minutes of the second half, pulling away to a 69-53 lead.
A minute 43 seconds into the second half, Magid stepped to the foul line for the first time in the game. His attempt at making a 46th consecutive free throw over two seasons clanked off the front rim, and Magid had fallen 15 short of the NCAA record of 60.
Ironically, he later missed two more.
"I've never missed three before in my entire life," Magid said after a 26-point performance. "I can't really say why. I just didn't get into my shot as much as I usually do.
"I feel really bad about it. I wanted that record bad I could taste it. It was one thing I thought I could do. I had a shot at it, too.
"To get 15 away, to get so close and not do it, it hurts. It really does. I'm really upset that we lost, and besides the loss this hurts even more."