Britt finished with 19 points in the Tribe's 87-78 loss -- his high against Division I competition (he scored 20 against D-III Wesley). He could have had 25 easily, but he missed at least two bunnies and a couple more feet-set, good-rhythm, open looks.
"Coach (Shaver) was telling me before the game that he wants me to be aggressive and just play free," Britt said. "I'm good at getting to the rim, and I'm just trying to get my teammates involved. When I had an opening to the basket, I just took it."
But here's the thing: Few times this season has Britt "just taken it." His minutes, points and shooting percentage are down significantly from last season.
Before Wednesday, in CAA games he averaged five points less than a year ago (12.1 to 7.1). He shot six points less from the field (.389 to .324), and his 3-point accuracy was half what it was in 2011 (.324 to .167).
He has had back-to-back double-figure games just twice. He followed a 16-point game versus JMU with two points in 25 minutes against Delaware; he followed a 14-point game versus the Dukes with two at Old Dominion.
"Brandon played tonight like we envisioned him playing all year long," Shaver said. "He's had a difficult year. One of the things you have to understand against the pressure of a team like VCU, your guards are going to have to penetrate (with) the basketball. They're going to take you out of your offense a little bit."
Britt's game Wednesday was an extension of the first meeting at VCU. He scored all 11 of his points in the second half and overtime as the Tribe lost a tough 69-68 decision.
"Brandon played as well as he's played all year long," Shaver said, "because he made great decisions when he penetrated. When he penetrated and had a chance to get it to the rim, he did. When he penetrated and kicked, he had four assists; it might be a season-high for him. I'm really proud of his play tonight."
Shaver's memory was accurate. Four assists tied Britt's season-best (Howard). He totaled just 11 assists in the previous 11 CAA games.
It seems peculiar that the Tribe (4-20, 2-11 CAA) would play maybe its two best games of the season against one of the CAA's best teams, until you look at the way the schedule broke.
W&M had three days to prepare for the first game against VCU and two full days to prepare for Wednesday's game. The Tribe isn't constructed to succeed in the 5 games-in-10-day grinds that the league just endured.
"One of the thing that this young team hasn't done ... is play with that kind of heart every day," Shaver said. "I thought during that 10-day stretch where we played five games, our last week we took a little bit of a step backwards. But we had two days to prepare for this for the first time in two weeks, and we played at a much higher level.
"Moral victories don't mean a lot, but I think our guys proved that we can compete with anybody in this league. We're shooting for March. We're pretty good over there at the CAA tournament, so hopefully, we'll be in good shape by then."
The Tribe needs the Brandon Britt of Wednesday to entertain any hope of making it past the first day in Richmond.