George Washington, coming off its best record in eight years -- 17-12, 11-7 in the Atlantic 10 -- opens its season tonight against Randolph-Macon at Smith Center at 8:30.

Four starters return for Randolph-Macon, which posted a 26-5 record last season in NCAA Division II. Of the five losses, one was to Maryland, by six points, and another to GW, 54-47. Randolph-Macon defeated Mary Washington, 88-52, in its opener Saturday.

The Colonials, who have won seven straight and 12 of their last 14 games at home, start all-America Mike Brown at center. Brown, who is 6 feet 10, 260 pounds, had 18 points and nine rebounds against the Yellow Jackets last year. His counterpart, 6-6 senior Jesse Hellyer, had 16 points and seven rebounds, both just under his average.

The game will see the return of Mike O'Reilly to GW's lineup. The point guard missed last season's final 11 games after breaking his jaw against St. Bonaventure. Troy Webster joins O'Reilly in the backcourt. Coach Gerry Gimelstob hasn't determined the starting forwards, but Darryl Webster, out of Coolidge High School, and Joe Wassel are likely candidates.

GW continues its three-game home stand with American on Saturday and Morgan State on Dec. 3.