* Marquise Moore
posted his first career triple-double with 17 points, 16 rebounds and a career-best 10 assists.
* Mason extends its winning streak to seven games for the first time since 2010-11
* Mason is 3-0 on the road for the first time since 1985-86
Behind the first ever triple-double from sensational senior Marquise Moore
, the George Mason University men's basketball team (8-3) won its seventh-straight game Saturday afternoon with a 79-60 victory over Penn inside the Palestra.
Moore posted 17 points, tied his career high with 16 rebounds and dished out a personal best 10 assists in a do-it-all 39 minutes on the floor.
He is now one of 10 players nationally to record a triple-double this season. That list includes National Player of the Year candidate Josh Hart of Villanova, Monte Morris of Iowa State and De'Aaron Fox of Kentucky.
On the strength of Moore's effort, Mason outscored the Quakers 41-24 in the second half and ended the game on a 22-5 run.
The win extends Mason's victory streak to seven for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Mason is 3-0 on the road for the first time since 1985-86.
"We did a great job distributing the ball and got some good looks against their 1-3-1 zone, a defense we haven't seen this year," head coach Dave Paulsen
said. "We're starting to get a collective mentality to make it hard for opposing teams to get the shots they want in the places they want them."
Mason out-rebounded its opponent for the fourth-straight game and enjoyed a +16 (41-25) margin on the glass. The Patriots also held their opponent under 40 percent shooting for the second contest in a row, as the Quakers shot 39.7 percent, including a 34.5 percent mark in the second half (10-29).
Behind Moore's 10 dimes, Mason dished out a season-best 18 assists on 29 field goals. The Patriots also shot over 50 percent (50.8%) for the third-straight game and made 7-of-16 (.438) 3-point attempts.
"I've come into practice with a different mindset this season," Moore said. "Coach [Paulsen] is helping me a lot with picking my spots and being a leader. He tells me to stay in attack mode. I've been more aggressive and have been healthy this season."
Redshirt-senior Jalen Jenkins
asserted his will in the post all game and finished with 22 points (9-11 FG) while grabbing six rebounds and distributing four assists. Sophomore point guard Otis Livingston II
added 13 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers while freshman Karmari Newman
tied his career high with three 3-point field goals made and finished with nine points.
The Quakers took an early 10-4 lead, but Mason answered with an 11-0 run to build a 15-10 advantage. A Livingston triple extended the lead to six (22-16) at the 11:56 mark of the half, but the Quakers responded back with an 11-4 run of their own to grab a one-point edge (27-26) with 5:53 left in the stanza.
Mason scored seven of the next eight to go up 33-28 and after Penn re-took the lead at 36-35, Newman nailed a 3-pointer with less than a minute to play in the period to give the Patriots a 38-36 edge at the break.
Penn came out hot in the second half to re-take the lead by four (44-40) after two-straight buckets from AJ Brodeur. Mason surged ahead by seven (55-48) after back-to-back 3-pointers from Livingston and Newman. But after the Quakers cut it to two (57-55) at the 8:42 mark, the Patriots took control.
At that point, Mason started the 22-5 run to end the game, which included six points from Jenkins and a 3-pointer from Jaire Grayer
. The assist on Grayer's triple gave Moore his triple double-double.
With Mason's 41-24 edge in the second half, the Patriots have now outscored their opponents in the second half, 89-52, over the past two games.
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