George Washington defeats George Mason 75-69

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) – A strong second half propelled George Washington past George Mason 75-69 on Saturday as the schools -in what is now known as the Revolutionary Rivalry – met for the first time as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

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Turning point: Arguably, we could say the first half as George Mason only led 30-29 despite Armwood’s foul trouble and limited scoring from GW’s starters. Trailing 32-29 early in the second half, the Colonials went on an 18-5 run with Armwood and McDonald scoring the final 13. McDonald’s layup capped a stretch of eight straight points and gave GW a 47-37 lead with 12:28 remaining. 

Patriot power unplugged: GW entered with the stronger interior duo of Armwood and Larsen, but Williams and Jenkins dominated the first half, shooting 9 of 11 from the field with 12 rebounds. Neither attempted a shot for the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Guard and leading scorer Sherrod Wright finished with nine points, but only scored two in the second half.

1st half: Williams went 5 for 5 and combined with Wright and Jenkins to make 12 of 16 shots from the field and score 27 points as the Patriots led 30-29. Garino had nine for the Colonials while Larsen had eight. That pair shot 6 of 9 while everyone else combined 5 of 17. 

Random subbing: Mike Lonergan knew he’d have to dig deeper into his bench in the first game with injured guard Kethan Savage (foot), the Colonials second-leading scorer. Still, the first half scenario was extreme. Before the first TV timeout, Lonergan turned to his bench. The entire bench, swapping in five reserves for five starters and this wasn’t about punishment as the Colonials led 10-7 at the time. This was about giving the seldom-used backups some early minutes just in case they were needed later. Turns out they were. Kopriva, who grabbed a season-high six rebounds, and Mikic played 13 minutes in the first half, Cartegna eight. 

Negative trend:  The Patriots have led at halftime in five straight games and trailed by only one point in the sixth. They lost every game. 

History: GW improved to 11-2 in the series. The teams had not met since George Mason’s win at the Patriot Center on Dec. 1, 2010. 

via Instant analysis: GW starts slow, finishes off Mason | Comcast SportsNet Washington.

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