BALTIMORE, NOV. 24 -- Maybe it was appropriate that 10 minutes into George Washington University's season opener today the scoreboard froze and incorrectly showed Loyola College leading by 23-1.

Today's 87-78 loss to the Greyhounds, who won four games last season, perhaps reminded the Colonials that the past cannot be so easily forgotten. As in previous seasons, the Colonials got off to a lethargic start and struggled.

With a highly respected first-year coach, the Colonials had talked during the preseason of a chance for redemption. The last thing they wanted were the ghosts of a disappointing past to haunt them.

"It's disappointing, but it's not the end of the world," Colonials Coach Mike Jarvis said. "We have to try and basically make sure these situations don't occur too often. When we are the better team, which we should have been, we've got to play like that. There's no excuse not to have won this thing, to be honest."

Junior Kevin Green scored 23 of his 34 points in the first half and sophomore Tracy Bergan from DeMatha High School scored 19 of his 29 after intermission as the Greyhounds (1-0) took a 15-point, first-half lead at Reitz Arena. When the Colonials made a late run, Loyola converted crucial free throws to seal it.

George Washington's high points? Among the few were sophomore guard Dirkk Surles and senior center Byron Hopkins, who combined for 39 points and 14 rebounds.

Surles's layup 1:05 into the game put the Colonials ahead by 2-0. It was their only lead.

Not long after, Loyola turned a 7-6 lead into a 12-point advantage as George Washington missed five straight shots and two free throws and committed two turnovers.

Green, from Baltimore's Dunbar High, converted a three-point play and Bergan scored six points on two long jumpers and a nifty fast-break layup through three defenders.

"We came out and played very well," said Greyhounds Coach Tom Schneider, a former assistant at George Washington and American. "We may have played as well as we can in the first 10 minutes of the game."

Green, Loyola's leading scorer last season with a 19.4 average, scored the team's final 11 points of the half as the Greyhounds built a 43-34 halftime lead.

Colonials forward Sonni Holland had nine of his 10 points before intermission and started the second half with an air ball. Loyola scored the first eight points of the half to expand its lead to 51-34.

Bergan, who also had five assists and four steals, had five points during the spurt and center Mike Wagner blocked two shots and cleared two of his team-high 11 rebounds.

The Greyhounds maintained a double-digit lead until late, when George Washington's defensive pressure created easy baskets.