George Mason 74, Towson 57

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TOWSON, Md. (AP)—Sophomore Jai Lewis scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds as George Mason University used a fast start to earn a 74-57 victory over Towson University Wednesday night.

Lewis made five of eight shots from the floor and connected on all seven free throw attempts as the Patriots (14-6, 7-4 Colonial Athletic Association) beat the Tigers for the sixth time in a row.

The Patriots went on a 16-2 spurt to take a 22-8 lead with 11:47 left in the first half. The Patriots, who shot 52.2 percent from the floor in the first half, had a 33-21 lead at halftime.

Senior guard Mark Davis led the Patriots on their first-half spurt. Davis scored nine of his 13 points during the first nine minutes of the game.

After Towson (6-14, 3-8) cut the deficit to 35-26 two minutes into the second half, the Patriots went on a 13-0 run to take a 50-28 lead with 14:31 left in the game. The Tigers never got closer than 17 points the rest of the way.

The Patriots shot 54.4 percent from the floor in the second half to finish the game with a 53.3 percentage. George Mason also forced 18 Tiger turnovers and converted them into 36 points.

The Tigers, who lost their fifth game in a row, were led by sophomore forward Lawrence Hamm, who scored 12 points on five-for-eight shooting from the floor. Freshman Winstonn Tubbs added eight points and three rebounds while freshman Holden Plack scored six points with a team-high six rebounds.

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