Scoreboard: Men’s Basketball, Soccer

Posted: November 18, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Patriots were the superior team throughout the men’s basketball game in Mason’s home opener Monday night against Brown. Mason led by double figures for nearly the entire contest as Mason beat the Bears, 89-52, at Patriot Center.

It was the second-highest margin of victory in a Mason home opener and biggest since Mason beat Delaware State by 66 on Nov. 25, 1995.

John Vaughan had 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field while Darryl Monroe and Louis Birdsong each had eight points. Michael Morrison, in his collegiate debut, had 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting, and he added a team-high five rebounds.

Vlad Moldoveanu had 12 points, converting three 3-pointers as Mason shot better than 50 percent from the field while holding Brown to less than 40 percent shooting. The Patriots harassed Brown into 17 turnovers while turning the ball over just six times.

The Patriots will return to action on Thursday when they play at Hampton at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, 2008 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Champion Mason men’s soccer will host a first-round match in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship tournament at George Mason Stadium on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. against the Ivy League Champion, the University of Pennsylvania.

Mason (13-6-2) enters the tournament on a seven-match winning streak. The Patriots won their fifth CAA championship in the history of the program with Sunday’s 1-0 shutout of Northeastern in Wilmington, N.C.

Penn (11-2-4) earned the Ivy League’s automatic berth by taking first place in the conference standings during the regular season with a 5-1-1 record in conference matches. Unlike the CAA, the Ivy League doesn’t hold a conference tournament at the conclusion of the regular season.

The winner of Friday’s first round match will advance to the second round to take on the no. 2 seed in the tournament, the Maryland Terrapins, on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. in College Park, Md. Maryland (18-3-0) won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament to earn the conference’s automatic bid.

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