Nov. 3, 2010
FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason men's basketball team took the court for the first time in the 2010-11 season on Wednesday night in an exhibition against Bowie State at Patriot Center, and the Patriots had little trouble shaking off the Bulldogs in a 113-76 victory.
Mason saw six scorers reach double figures as every active Patriot player made a dent in the scoreboard. Junior Mike Morrison and sophomore Luke Hancock each chipped in a team-high 15 points, while senior Cam Long and junior Andre Cornelius each added 12. Freshman Bryon Allen had 13 points in his unofficial debut while redshirt freshman Vertrail Vaughns tallied 11 points.
Eric Vann led a trio of Bulldogs with double-digit scoring as he poured in a game-high 24 points.
Mason dominated in nearly every statistical category, including 28 assists compared to eight for BSU. The Patriots out-shot Bowie State from the field by a 64.2-to-38.5 percent margin and held a 44-to-34 rebounding advantage.
The Bulldogs gave Mason a strong fight early in the contest, leaving the score tied at 12 after three and a half minutes. A 15-3 run by the Patriots pushed the advantage into double-digits for the first time, but the Bulldogs pulled within a possession at 30-27 and at 33-30. Mason finished the opening period strong, though, scoring the final five points and taking a 38-18 lead into the halftime locker room.
After Vann opened the second half with a 3-pointer, the Patriots rattled off 14 unanswered points to push their lead to 62-41 in a 2:28 span. The Bulldogs could not move the margin to single-digits again, getting no closer than 15 points.
With its preseason competition completed, Mason officially opens its season on Saturday, November 13 at 4 p.m. when it clashes with Ivy League foe Harvard at the Patriot Center.