Just last week, the George Mason Patriots’ spirits were probably at the lowest they had been all season. The team was in the midst of a five-game losing streak, including three conference games in that span — two against Georgia State and one against Northeastern University, bookending back-to-back losses to Richmond University.
The George Mason men's basketball team extended their season Tuesday night with a game-winning tip-in from sophomore forward Erik Copes with 0.6 seconds remaining.
Copes finished with 14 points and three rebounds--one of which led to the last-second putback for the Patriots. The shot was his second game-winning shot on the season.
Junior guard Sherrod Wright led Mason with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
The city of Richmond has been the heart of the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament for 24 years. However, next year when March rolls around, the Richmond Coliseum, that hosts the event, will be missing its weekend attraction as the tournament moves north to Baltimore.
Hands in his jacket pockets and an agitated look on his face, George Mason baseball coach Bill Brown was visibly frustrated by his team’s effort following a 12-5 home loss to Northeastern University Friday afternoon. The loss was the team’s fifth straight and in each of those games the Patriots have stranded at least 10 base runners.
Northeastern University's Jonathan Lee stood at the top of the arc, dribbling down the remaining seconds of the first CAA semifinal on Sunday against George Mason University. The crowd at the Richmond Coliseum rose to their feet, a smaller attendance than seen in year's past but rowdy nonetheless.
Lee found an opening on the right side and drove to the rim for an uncontested layup with 3.0 seconds left in regulation, leading to a 69-67 victory over the Patriots.
The George Mason men's basketball team managed to keep Damion Lee and the Drexel Dragons (13-18) in check to advance to the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament with a 60-54 win at the Richmond Coliseum.
Junior guard Sherrod Wright led the way for the Patriots (18-13), scoring 18 of his 23 points in the second half and tallying 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Bryon Allen turned in 16 points and six steals and Vertrail Vaughns added 10 points in the winning effort.
The 2013 CAA men’s basketball tournament will have an unfamiliar feel compared to tournaments of years past. The field of seven teams is the least amount of teams in the tournament since 2001.
With Virginia Commonwealth opting to relocated to the Atlantic 10 conference and Old Dominion and Georgia State on the verge of leaving, the CAA tournament may have lost some of its luster from previous years when schools were fighting for at-large NCAA bids.
|Mason baseball opens CAA play in Atlanta against Georgia State this weekend (Photo courtesy of Mason Athletics).|
The George Mason University baseball team travels to Atlanta this weekend for their first taste of Colonial Athletic Association action against Georgia State University. The Patriots enter the weekend series with a record of 6-5, while the Panthers, rank second in the CAA with a record of 8-5.
Mason is powered by junior catcher Tucker Tobin, who leads the CAA with four home runs, and was named CAA player of the week on Feb. 26. Georgia St. meanwhile is led offensively by freshman outfielder Josh Merrigan, who leads the CAA in hits and ranks second in the conference in RBIs — tied with Tobin at 13.