Virginia Tech, shooting 62 percent from the field, ran past and around George Washington, 93-72, before 4,300 last night at the Smith Center.
The highly regarded Hokies (2-0), who scored 116 points in their opener, got superior efforts from 6-foot-8 substitute Gordy Bryan, who made 11 of 13 from the field and finished with 24 points; 6-4 guard Jeff Schneider, who made 10 of 14, and 6-8 Dale Solomon, eight of 10 and 18 points. Another Hokie, reserve guard Al Young, made five of seven shots and finished with 12 points, giving the visitors four players in double figures.
For GW, Penny Elliott and Mike Brown, -5 scored 14 points each and guard Dave Hobel had 12. Brown and Elliott had 11 and eight rebounds, respectively.
"Tech is one of the best teams in the country -- I don't care what anyone says," said GW Coach Gerry Gimelstob, whose college career coaching record is 1-1. "Just to give you an indication of how good they are, Bryan comes in off the bench to lead in scoring. And he didn't make any easy shots. I thought our defense was atrocious and we didn't handle the ball very well."
The only defenses that might have worked last night against the Hokies were a late bus or a large net. From the minute Tech walked onto the floor, Solomon, Bryan and Co. made nearly every shot they attempted. GW shot well -- 46 percent -- and was outrebounded by only 31-29, but didn't have the speed or the shooters to keep up with Virginia Tech.
GW's Paul Gracza made a three-point play that tied the game at 24-24 with 8:34 to play in the first half, but Tech took a nine-point lead at halftime.
Bryan entered the game with 14 minutes gone and finished with 16 points in the first half, most coming on soft 15-foot jumpers. The senior scored his team's final eight points of the half to give Tech a 44-35 lead.
"It doesn't matter if I start or not, I feel comfortable coming off the bench," said Bryan, who also had nine rebounds. "When I come in, things don't change. The team is running when I'm sitting and running when I'm in the game. Nothing's different. I was open a lot and things looked good so I shot."
Bryan continued his good shooting in the second half. He, Solomon and Schneider were chief beneficiaries of sloppy play by GW that helped the Hokies increase their nine-point lead to a more comfortable 68-48 advantage with 9:48 left in the game. Schneider had 10 points and Bryan and Solomon scored four points each during that time.
"At one point we down by just 13 and Ron White missed that four-footer," Gimelstob said. "He makes that, we're down by 11. I felt we still were in the game. They went down and scored and that was it."
Tech then scored 12 points in a row to ensure their sixth straight victory over the Colonials and a one-game edge in their 56-year-old series.
"We had a few early problems with GW's defense, but once we got the lead we loosened up," said Tech Coach Charlie Moir. "Gordy had an exceptional game. He had 19 points coming off the bench the other night. If he keeps this up, I may have to do something.
"GW was doing a good job on Solomon and Gordy hit those shots to get us going."
Elliott contained Solomon much of the game and made several shots early to help the Colonials stay close. But no other Colonial was consistent offensively in the first half.
Gimelstob also picked up his first technical foul of his 4-day-old college coaching career in the first half.