Georgia State vs George Mason

George Mason 61, Georgia St. 58


FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Mike Morrison scored 14 points and added 15 rebounds as George Mason knocked off Georgia State 61-58 on Saturday night in a battle for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Vertrail Vaughns added 17 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Patriots (12-4, 4-0) snapped the Panthers' 11-game winning streak.

George Mason held Georgia State (11-4, 3-1) to just 22 of 36 (39.3 percent) from the field in a defensive struggle to win their fifth straight game.

The Panthers received 19 points from Jihad Ali, but it wasn't enough as the Patriots won a tightly contested affair that featured 10 ties and six lead changes.

With George Mason's leading scorer Ryan Pearson limited to 10 points on the night, the Patriots used tenacious defense, a superb effort from Morrison and clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch to win a key midseason conference game for sole possession of first place in the CAA.

The Panthers refused to go down easily as they took a 49-48 lead on a pair of free throws by Ali with 2:45 to play. The Patriots responded with two foul shots from Pearson and then a lay-in by Morrison to take back the lead for good.

George Mason closed the first half with a 13-2 run punctuated by a Morrison fastbreak dunk. Vaughns drained three 3-pointers, finishing the half with 11 points, and the Patriots held Georgia State scoreless for the final 3:50 to take a 31-23 lead to the break.

The Panthers battled their way back with an 8-0 run to open the second half and never trailed by more than seven points, but shot just 10 of 17 (58.8 percent) from the free-throw line, including several key misses with the game in reach.

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Georgia State Panthers
J. Ali, F406-145-520419
E. Buckner, F365-91-260311
J. Micheaux, F330-23-47353
J. Fields, G344-101-335510
D. White, G313-130-03337
T. Kimbro Jr.183-40-32016
J. Vincent51-20-02002
B. McGee20-20-01010
R. Richardson10-00-00000
Totals 22-5610-1732112258
George Mason Patriots
M. Morrison, F327-100-1151314
R. Pearson, F310-410-1061310
V. Vaughns, G366-122-350217
B. Allen, G232-53-33347
S. Wright, G180-40-01130
A. Cornelius252-83-42118
E. Copes161-20-02032
C. Edwards161-30-00103
V. Gray30-30-02000
Totals 19-5118-213981961
Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Georgia St.12-620-13104
Arkansas St.11-720-12120
Texas St.11-722-14179
Ga. Southern11-718-15122
UL Lafayette10-821-12114
Coast. Car.10-820-19183
S. Alabama7-1114-18231
Little Rock6-1215-17244
App. St.4-149-21300

Colonial Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Will. & Mary10-817-14110
J. Madison7-1110-23256
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