RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Not that VCU needed any extra motivation in Saturday's rematch with George Mason, but the Patriots provided it. The Mason players stormed onto the court during the ceremony honoring senior Bradford Burgess, and Monday the school's athletic director apologized for it.
In a release, George Mason athletic director Tom O'Connor said:
"On behalf of George Mason University, we apologize for the inappropriate behavior by our men's basketball team before the game versus VCU on Saturday. Our team took the court for pregame warmups prematurely during the senior night presentation for the Rams' Bradford Burgess. Our players' behavior was discourteous and showed a lack of respect for Bradford and his family, and for the VCU team and community.
"I have personally expressed our apologies to Athletic Director Norwood Teague and with his consent have attempted and will continue to reach out to the Burgess family. George Mason University and our athletic program hold dearly the concept of sportsmanship and respect, and our players understand that we did not exemplify these values during the presentation to Bradford."
VCU head coach Shaka Smart admitted that the entrance added some fuel to the fire to his team - that jumped out to a huge lead, and wound up beating GMU 89-77.