|Big Second Half Run Leads Men's Basketball to 70-56 Win Over W&M|
FAIRFAX, Va. - Forced to overcome a double-digit first-half deficit, the George Mason men's basketball team exploded with a 16-0 run to open the second half, providing the cushion in a 70-56 Colonial Athletic Association victory over William & Mary on Monday afternoon at the Patriot Center.
The Patriots (10-4, 2-0 CAA) won their third straight game while the Tribe dropped to 2-12, 0-2 in conference play.
Mason saw four players score in double figures, led by a season-high 20 points from senior Andre Cornelius including five 3-pointers. Fellow senior Mike Morrison chipped in 14 points along with a team-high six rebounds, while senior Ryan Pearson and sophomore Bryon Allen rounded out the group with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Marcus Thornton led the way for William & Mary as he scored 23 points while Tim Rusthoven added 11.
the Patriots on the board at the 18:34 mark with a layup, sparking a run of
five in a row before W&M scored on a Tom Schalk basket. Fred Heldring
tied the score with a 3-pointer, and he finished off the 7-0 run with a jumper
to give the Tribe their first lead. An Allen 3-pointer returned the advantage
to Mason, but the Tribe used a 13-2 run to open up a double-digit lead at 20-10
with 9:27 left in the first half.
The Patriots will look to make it four straight when they travel to Old Dominion on Thursday evening. Tip off from Norfolk is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet.