Patty McCormick's two free throws with five seconds left helped take the sting out of a miserable George Washington performance at the foul line in a 57-54 Colonial victory over Virginia Tech in the championship game of the GW Women's Invitiational yesterday at the Smith Center.

The Colonials (4-0) made only nine of 20 from the line before McCormick's clutch points. Prior to that, two free throws by the Hokies' Maureen Corrigan had brought Tech (3-4) to within one, 55-54, with 10 seconds to play.

McCormick, a junior guard from Indian Head, Md., led the Colonials with 13 points and keyed a second-half comeback after GW found itself trailing, 45-36, with just under eight minutes to play.

"I thought she did a great job for us," GW Coach Lin Gehlert said. "She pushed the team and played great defense. She made thngs happen."

Trish Egan also made things happen. A 6-foot junior forward, Egan is the Colonials' leading scorer but was without a point until 7:10 remained in the game. With GW down by nine, Egan scored 10 points in the next seven minutes, hitting the go-ahead basket with 3:52 left to play. Leading, 48-47, the Colonials never trailed again.

In the consolation game, Delaware beat William and Mary, 66-52, behind Lori Howard's 18 points.