George Mason Uses Balanced Scoring In 91-80 Win Over Men's Hoops
Feb. 12, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - A tough shooting night for the UMass basketball team combined with a balanced scoring effort from visiting George Mason led to a 91-80 win for the Patriots on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. The loss for the Minutemen snapped a nine-game win streak at the Mullins Center.
A late first half 13-to-2 run by the Patriots set-up by a nearly seven minute drought between field goals by UMass gave Mason a 42-32 lead at halftime. That advantage was stretched to as many as 17 points in the second half before UMass was able to trim it back to single digits late in the game.
UMass (19-5, 6-4 A-10) was led by Trey Davis who had 20 points and four assists. Sampson Carter added 16 points, while Cady Lalanne and Maxie Esho each scored 11 points. Lalanne also had a double-double with 10 rebounds.
George Mason (9-15, 2-8 A-10) was led by a game-high 22 points from Sherrod Wright who hit 8-of-14 field goals. Bryon Allen scored 19 points while Patrick Holloway chipped in 13 points. Erik Copes and Marquise Moore each scored 12 points each. Copes had a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Patriots for much of the first half going up by six points at the 11:43 mark after a Holloway three-pointer gave Mason a 21-15 lead.
The Minutemen put together an 8-to-3 run to pull within one, 24-23, with 8:30 to go, but that proved the closest UMass could get for the remainder of the game.
George Mason strung together a 13-to-2 run from that point to take a 37-25 lead while forcing the Minutemen into eight missed field goals. Williams finally hit a field goal at the 2:13 mark to snap the streak and the Minutemen went into the half down by 10.
The second half started much the same way the first ended. The Patriots started the stanza with an 8-to-1 run extending the lead to 50-33 at the 16:54 mark for its largest lead of the game. The Minutemen missed seven shots during the run and had a pair of turnovers.
UMass continued to trail by double-figures until going on an 8-to-2 run to pull within seven, 82-75, with 1:23 to go.
Allen broke up the run with a lay-up after the Patriots were able to break the UMass pressure. The Minutemen turned over the ball on the next possession.
It looked as if UMass received a break on a missed GMU free throw after the turnover, but the Patriots controlled the rebound, ran out some more time on the clock and hit two free throws after Allen was fouled.
George Mason hit five-of-six free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
UMass shot just under 40 percent for the game hitting 27-of-68 field goals. Beyond the arc, UMass was just 28 percent converting 7-of-25 attempts.
George Mason hit 47 percent of its shots (31-of-66) and was nearly 54 percent from three-point range connecting on 7-of-13 attempts.
Despite UMass turning the ball over just 11 times in the game, the Patriots took advantage of the miscues converting them into 18 points.
UMass will travel to George Washington this weekend. Saturday's game at the Charles Smith Center is set for a 2 p.m. tip off. The game will be televised by SNY and The Comcast Network.