Patriots Drop Opener to Cornell, 68-60

Posted In News - By Brian Wright On Saturday, November 15th, 2014 With 0 Comments


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Patrick Holloway led the Patriots with 21 points. Photo: GoMason.com

For Paul Hewitt’s Patriots, an 11-20 record last season is an unsatisfying mark they were hoping to put behind themselves beginning on Friday night in Fairfax.

But Cornell appeared more determined to forget about its own recent struggles. The Big Red, winners of just two games in 2013-14, got to experience the rare taste victory—and exited the Patriot Center with a 68-60 over Mason in the regular season opener for both clubs.

A Patriot team without a starting senior showed its inexperience on the offensive end—shooting 30.9 percent from the floor and connecting on seven of 27 shots from three-point range. Conversely, the Big Red—head coached by former Mason assistant Bill Courtney—was more on target. Cornell had a field goal percentage of nearly 45 percent, while making good on half of its tries from beyond the arc.

A 15-2 run that spanned the end of the first half and the early portion of the second half was principally furnished by Shonn Miller. The senior forward scored 11 points in less than three minutes of play, and helped swing the momentum firmly in the Big Red’s favor.

Miller and sophomore guard Robert Hatter led their team in scoring with 21, while the Patriots’ Patrick Holloway put in a game-high 22 points.

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About - Brian is a new contributor to MasonHoops.com for the 2014-2015 season. With over a decade's worth of sports journalism experience, he has been featured on Bleacher Report, SB Nation, as well as The Washington Examiner. Currently, Brian is the MLB Lead Writer for The Sports Daily (thesportsdaily.net/author/brianwright), a staff writer with the Stafford County Sun (VA), and the host of a baseball history podcast, 'Baseball as It Was' (baseballasitwas.com). While attending Virginia Tech, Brian covered Frank Beamer's Hokie football teams - among other sports - for the school's daily campus newspaper. Follow Brian on Twitter (@BrianWright86).

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