WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Redshirt junior Sherrod Wright scored a career-high 28
points, leading the George Mason men's basketball team back from a halftime
deficit in a 73-66 victory over William & Mary Saturday at Kaplan Arena.
The win moves the Patriots to 1-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play and 8-6
overall, while the Tribe dropped to 7-6 (1-1 CAA).
Wright topped his previous mark by four points behind
10-of-17 shooting from the field, including a 7-8 mark from the free throw
line, and added a team-high seven rebounds. Joining him in double figures was
sophomore Corey Edwards who chipped in 10 points. Wright led an effort on the
glass that out-rebounded the Tribe by a 37-25 mark, translating into a 15-2
advantage in second chance scoring.
Three W&M players scored in double-digits, led by 19
points and 11 rebounds from Tim Rusthoven and 19 points by Marcus Thornton.
Brandon Britt added 18 as the trio accounted for all but 10 of the Tribe's
Mason scored the first seven points of the afternoon as the
Tribe missed their first three shots, while the Patriots were perfect from the
field in the first three minutes of the game. The run extended to 11-2, but the
Tribe would answer with back-to-back treys to close within one possession.
A push by the Patriots gave them an 18-11 lead after Bryon Allen's
reverse layup at the 13:10 mark, and they would go on to lead by as many as
eight before a 14-2 W&M run gave the Tribe their first lead of the game.
Thornton hit a 3-pointer and Britt made a layup inside the final minute of the
period, making the score 37-33 as the teams headed to the halftime locker room.
Mason out-rebounded the Tribe by a 22-12 margin in the
opening period but W&M held a 52-to-41 percent shooting advantage, with
Thornton leading the way with 14 points. Wright had 12 points to pace the
The Tribe would lead by as many as six in the opening
minutes of the second half, before an 8-0 Patriots run switched the advantage
back to Mason at 45-43 with 12:30 left on the clock. Mason would hold onto the
lead until Thornton tied it and Britt put the Tribe ahead, 56-55, with a free
throw at the 6:18 mark. Britt struck again with three minutes left, tying the
score at 61-all on a 3-pointer, but the Patriots answered with seven in a row
to push the game out of reach for William & Mary.
Mason will return home for its next contest, hosting Old
Dominion University on Thursday night at 7 p.m.