|Men's Basketball Falls to Maryland in BB&T Classic, 69-62|
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Freshman Patrick Holloway and redshirt junior Sherrod Wright each poured in 17 points, but the Maryland Terrapins held off the George Mason men's basketball team, 69-62, on Sunday afternoon at the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center. Mason dropped to 5-3 while the Terrapins improved to 6-1.
The duo were the lone Patriots to score in double figures, while Dez Wells led a trio of Terps with 25 points. Maryland outrebounded Mason by a 49-34 margin, but the Patriots held a 15-13 advantage in offensive boards and caused 19 turnovers compared to just nine for Mason.
Wells scored the Terps' first eight points, pacing them to an 8-4 lead at the first media timeout of the game. Mason got within a basket at 8-6 after two Wright free throws, but poor field goal shooting allowed Maryland to build a 19-10 lead. Mason was 3-of-18 to start the game (.167)
Mason worked the lead down to a single possession after back-to-back Holloway 3-pointers left the score 27-24 Terrapins with 3:46 left in the half. After a Wells jumper, Holloway's basket and a pair of free throws by Wright made it a 29-28 gave. Wells and Johnny Williams traded baskets before Wells hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left to set the halftime score of 34-30.
Mason needed less than 90 seconds to eliminate that deficit, and after an Okoloji 3-pointer from the right side, the Patriots took the lead for the first time at the 17:46 mark, 37-34. A Wright jumper at the 16:27 mark made the score 39-38 Patriots, but it would be the final time that Mason would hold the advantage, and the Terps would go on to lead by as many as nine.
The Patriots are back in action Tuesday night, hosting UMBC at 7 p.m. in the first of two home games this week.