|Men's Basketball Holds Off Georgia State, 61-58|
FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason men's basketball team withstood a furious charge late to hold off Georgia State, 61-58, in Colonial Athletic Association action Saturday evening at the Patriot Center. The win gives Mason (12-4, 4-0 CAA) sole possession of first place in the conference standings while snapping GSU's 11-game winning streak, as the Panthers dropped to 11-4 and 3-1 in league play.
Senior Mike Morrison posted a double-double with a career-high 15 rebounds and 14 points, while redshirt sophomore Vertrail Vaughns scored a team-high 17 points while senior Ryan Pearson contributed 10 points, all of which coming from the free throw line. Jihad Ali led a trio of Panthers in double-figure scoring with 19 points.
Vaughns hit the game's opening points on a 3-pointer, a 7-0 run by the Panthers
gave them a two-possession lead with five minutes elapsed. GSU held that lead
until the 12:11 mark when senior Andre Cornelius's two free throws tied the
score at 11. The Panthers would again go up four, but the Patriots took the
lead after an Allen 3-point play made it 24-21. Morrison followed that up with
an emphatic two-handed dunk off a baseball-pass assist from sophomore Bryon Allen,
forcing GSU's first timeout as the visitors trailed 26-21 and concluding an 8-0
Mason will look to make it five straight wins as they next travel to preseason CAA favorite Drexel. Tip time from Philadelphia is set for Thursday at 8 p.m., a game that will be televised live on ESPNU.