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Men's Basketball Hosts Virginia Friday to Kick Off Season
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 11/08/2012

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Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance

When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Patriot Center
Limited tickets available with purchase of mini-plan
Radio: GoMason Digital Network
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  • Free Mason Spirit Banner Scrolls courtesy of Farm Bureau Insurance for the first 2,000 fans
  • Free Mason Foam Hats for the first 1,250 Mason students
  • Free post-game autographs
  • Special appearance by Teddy and the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents
  • Post-game concert by noted gospel recording artist Tanya Dallas-Lewis

The George Mason men’s basketball team opens its 47th season of play Friday night, hosting in-state foe Virginia to kick off the season. This is the first time that the Cavaliers have visited Fairfax since 1996, and just the eighth time the two teams have met. Virginia has been victorious in each of the prior seven meetings.

Coming off a 22-10 season and NCAA appearance, the Cavaliers will look to replace two lost starters in forward Mike Scott (18.0 ppg) and Sammy Zeglinski (8.6 ppg) in their offense this season. Head coach Tony Bennett, now in his fourth season at the helm, and his squad were picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll. Joe Harris is the Cavaliers’ top returning scorer at 11.3 ppg.