Garino scores 27 as George Washington beats VCU, 72-69

George Washington head coach Mike Lonergan directs his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against VCU at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. George Washington won 72-69. (Mark Gormus/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Patricio Garino scored 27 points and Joe McDonald hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining Saturday and George Washington beat VCU 72-69, ending the Rams' 12-game winning streak.

McDonald and Tyler Cavanaugh each scored 11 for the Colonials (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic 10), who took their first lead of the second half on a basket by Kevin Larsen with 3 minutes to play.

JeQuan Lewis scored 16 to lead VCU (17-6, 9-1), which lost for the first time since Dec. 15 at Georgia Tech. The Rams led by as many as nine in the second half, but were outscored 13-5 over the final five minutes.

George Washington pulled even at 58 on a 3-point play by Cavanaugh with six minutes remaining. The Rams scored the next six points, but the Colonials forced back-to-back turnovers and pulled even again on Garino's fourth 3-pointer from right in front of his bench.