FAIRFAX, Va. - With an
explosive start to its three-game homestand, the George Mason men's basketball
team scored quickly and cruised to a 89-63 Colonial Athletic Association
victory on Wednesday night at the Patriot Center. Mason's win keeps the
Patriots atop the conference standings at 6-1 (14-5 overall), while the Blue
Hens dropped to 3-4 in the CAA and 7-10 overall.
A pair of
Mason seniors led the way, as Ryan Pearson posted his seventh double-double of
the season with game-highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Classmate Mike
Morrison added 17 points and seven rebounds while sophomore Bryon Allen chipped
in 12. Mason out-shot the Blue Hens by a 54.4-to-36.7 percent margin and turned
UD over 16 times, compared to eight turnovers for the Patriots. Devon Saddler
led the Blue Hens with 21 points.
Mason opened with a 10-2 run spanning more than three and a half minutes, which
was part of a larger stretch which saw the Patriots build a 16-4 lead with just
over five minutes expired off the clock. A 3-pointer by Saddler at the 14:33
mark stopped the scoring spree, and the Blue Hens closed the gap to four just
over three minutes later.
The Patriots answered with seven straight to push their advantage to 27-16, but
the Blue Hens responded with a 7-0 run to cut it to 27-23 with 6:35 left in the
Leading 33-26, Mason exploded for eight of the next nine to make the score
41-27 with three minutes remaining in the first half, and eventually took its
largest lead of the first 20 minutes into the halftime locker room as Allen
drained a 3-pointer as the horn sounded, giving the Patriots a 46-31 lead.
It matched Mason's highest-scoring first half of the season in the win at
College of Charleston. Pearson and Morrison led the way with 13 and 12 points,
respectively, in the first half.
Delaware cut the advantage to nine with an 11-5 start to the second half less
than four minutes in, but it would be the closest the Blue Hens could get as
the margin stayed in double figures for the duration of the game, with the Patriots
going on to lead by as many as 29 points inside the final minute of play.
Mason is back in action on Saturday afternoon, hosting Towson at 4 p.m. in a
game that will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet.