The George Washington men’s basketball team rallied from an early second-half deficit thanks to a taller lineup that controlled the interior for a 76-67 victory over Virginia Military Institute on Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader sweep that began with the Colonials women outlasting George Mason, 60-52, at Smith Center.
Senior forward Dwayne Smith scored 14 of his season-high 18 points in the second half for the men, who ended a three-game slide while playing for the first time in 11 days. Senior forward Isaiah Armwood matched Smith’s team high with 18 points and added a team-high nine rebounds in a game the Colonials trailed, 46-44, with 13 minutes 29 seconds to play.
At that point Coach Mike Lonergan inserted a lineup that gave GW (5-6) a distinct height advantage at all positions, and that group scored seven in a row during a 9-0 burst that had the Keydets trying to play catch-up the rest of the way. Patricio Garino, a 6-foot-5 freshman, made a three-pointer to give the Colonials the lead for good with 12:12 left, and they extended the margin to 64-54 six minutes later following Smith’s three-point play and three-point basket.