Men’s Basketball Beats JMU, 72-46

Posted: February 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Mason men’s basketball team played in front of the largest home crowd — 9,840 fans — in school history on Saturday at the Patriot Center and beat the James Madison Dukes 72-46.

Mason has now won six of its past seven games. In addition, the Patriots extended their winning streak over JMU to a school-record nine straight. In the process, they earned Jim Larranaga his 200th win as Mason head coach.

Folarin Campbell finished with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists, surpassing 1,300 points for his career as he was 8 of 11 from the field and 3 of 3 from three-point range.

John Vaughan added 19 points, the 14th-straight game he’s scored in double figures, the longest active streak in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Will Thomas had 14 points and moved into 10th place on the school’s career scoring list. Dre Smith, who had 34 points in the last meeting between the teams, was held to five.

James Madison was led by Juwann James’ 17 points.

Mason (16-6, 8-3) opened the second half with a 29-12 run to pull away from the Dukes. For the Dukes (10-11, 3-8), it was their sixth-straight defeat and ninth loss in their past 11 games.

Mason shot better than 60 percent from the field in the first half, but the Patriots struggled to hold onto the ball, even on crisp, clean passes. Still, Mason was able to build a 19-6 lead on James Madison in the game’s first 12 minutes.

With more than 14 minutes in the books, only one Duke had scored; that was Juwann James with 10 points. He was 5 of 5 from the field while the rest of the Dukes were 0 for 10.

Abdulai Jalloh made a pair of free throws with under six to go in the half, but it wasn’t until less than two minutes remained in the half that another Duke — Jalloh on a three-pointer — scored from the field.

At the half, Mason led 27-18. The Patriots shot 61.1 percent from the field, but had 10 turnovers. Campbell had 15 points at the half while Vaughan had eight. James Madison shot 28.6 percent.

Mason will next take the court on Thursday when the Patriots travel to Drexel to take on the Dragons in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.

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