"It's a little different being the coach's brother," Pat says. "I hesitate to talk to Bob sometimes. But I also can speak to him about things other players feel they can't—like suggesting a day off from practice when the team seems extra tired or asking if we can change a certain play around. I used to team up with Bob in a lot of two-on-two games when I was little, so I play the game pretty much the way he wants me to. I'm computerized. He just pushes the buttons."
Bob must have pushed all the right buttons during George Washington's opening game in its new 5,000-seat Smith Center last week, because Pat scored 31 points and made 14 of 20 shots from the floor. He added five rebounds, five steals and eight assists as GW romped over St. Leo's 113-84. Pat also had 20 points in a 76-69 victory over William and Mary and hit Wake Forest for 23 in a 78-77 defeat.
"Playing for my brother pushes me a lot harder," says Pat. "Overall, I'd have to say it's an advantage most other players don't have."