George Mason 65, Towson 53
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Jai Lewis and Folarin Campbell each had 14 points as George Mason overcame a sluggish start in a 65-53 win over Towson on Saturday.
Two days after overcoming a 17-point second-half deficit in a 73-61 win at Virginia Commonwealth, the Patriots (19-5, 13-2 Colonial Athletic Association) led 30-26 at the half against a Towson team that was without injured leading-scorer Gary Neal.
But George Mason, much like in Thursday’s comeback victory, responded in the second half. The Patriots stretched the lead to 41-28 behind an 11-2 run to open the half.
George Mason held on despite the play of Towson’s Tim Crossin, who scored a game-high 18 points, and Dennard Abraham who added 17.
The win was the sixth straight and 12th in 13 games for George Mason, which remained in sole possession of first place in the CAA. The loss dropped the Tigers to 10-14 and 6-9 in the CAA.
Tony Skinn added 13 points and Will Thomas had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Patriots, who have won nine straight over the Tigers dating back to 1993.
George Mason, which boasts the nation’s fifth-ranked field goal percentage defense, limited the Tigers to 33 percent shooting from the field.