Thomas’ 20 points and 14 rebounds leads Mason to win over Towson
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP)—Will Thomas converted a 3-point play with 3:20 remaining to break a 58-58 tie and lift George Mason to a 72-63 victory over Towson on Saturday.
Thomas, who had 20 points and 14 rebounds, led the Patriots (10-4, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association), who blew a 13-point first half lead to their 11th straight win over the Tigers (5-8, 1-2).
After Thomas’ 3-point play, he hit a layup with 2:15 remaining, and with 1:14 to play, John Vaughan, who had 19 points, made a 3-point play to make it 66-58.
George Mason held Towson without a field goal for 8:40 in the first half, using a 21-6 run to take a 25-12 lead with 3:38 to play in the first half.
After missing 10 straight field goals, Towson made nine in a row—four of them 3-pointers, and cut Mason’s lead to 37-36 with 16:24 remaining.
With the Patriots leading 51-47, Towson’s Tim Crossin was dribbling the ball upcourt and appeared to commit a backcourt violation. Patriots coach Jim Larranaga argued vociferously that Crossin should be called for a violation, and he was assessed a technical foul by referee Tony Dawkins.
Jonathan Pease made both foul shots and with 8:15 remaining Crossin hit a 3-pointer to give Towson its first lead since early in the first half, 52-51. Junior Hairston’s 3-pointer gave the Tigers a 55-51 lead, their largest of the game.
After the Patriots scored seven straight to take a 58-55 lead, Hairston, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds, converted on a 3-point play to tie the score at 58-58.
Both coaches were displeased with the officiating. As the clock wound down, Towson’s Pat Kennedy muttered, “Unbelievable, unbelievable,” at the officials.
Josh Thornton added 20 points for the Tigers, whose last win over George Mason came on Jan. 6, 1993.