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.
|Patrick Holloway attempts a three-point shot against Delaware (Photo by John Irwin).|
Despite four of its players scoring in double figures, the George Mason University men's basketball team was unable to hold off the University of Delaware, falling 79-72 Saturday afternoon at the Patriot Center.
Junior guard Devon Saddler had a game-high 22 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Hens, increasing his streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures to 30.
|Corey Edwards attempts a lay-up against Drexel (Photo by John Irwin).|
Entering the season, Delaware was slated to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association. However, the Blue Hens opened the season against a tough stretch of non-conference opponents that included, Pittsburgh, Temple, Villanova and Duke. In their first 10 games of the season, Delaware managed to win only three games. Since then, the Blue Hens have made a respectable run to place them in the hunt at fifth in the CAA. They travel to Fairfax Saturday Feb. 9 to face the Patriots at 2 p.m.
The Delaware Blue Hens (24-22, 14-10 CAA) brought their brooms to Fairfax this weekend against the Patriots (32-20, 15-12 CAA) in their final home series of the season.
The Blue Hens took the first game on Friday convincingly, 8-5, and then scratched out a 2-1 win on Saturday.
The Patriots, looking to avoid a weekend sweep against their conference rivals on Senior Day, were unable to do so.
With the season winding down, the George Mason Patriots (32-18, 15-10 CAA) took on their conference opponents the Delaware Blue Hens (22-22, 12-10 CAA).
When the two teams played last year in Delaware, the Blue Hens swept the season series.
In the opening game of the series on Friday, the Blue Hens sprinted out to an early lead in the first inning, scoring four runs on five hits off of Patriots sophomore starting pitcher Anthony Montefusco.