Men’s Basketball to Play College of Charleston for Homecoming

Posted: February 3, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: February 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm


The George Mason men’s basketball team will play College of Charleston in the ESPN BracketBusters on Feb. 20 in a game televised in prime time on ESPN2. The Patriots and Cougars will tip at 8 p.m. on the national network as part of Mason’s Homecoming Weekend.

The game pits the team currently in first place in the Colonial Athletic Association against the team currently in first place in the Southern Conference.

“We are very excited and appreciative for being included in the ESPN BracketBuster TV games,” Mason head coach Jim Larranaga said. “Playing the College of Charleston with their head coach Bobby Cremins is a real challenge. College of Charleston is enjoying a great season, they’ve already beaten North Carolina, and to have a quality team like that coming to the Patriot Center should be very exciting for our fans and a national TV audience.”

Mason (15-7, 10-1 CAA) and the Cougars (14-8, 9-2 Southern) will be playing each other for just the third time.

College of Charleston has won eight of its past 10 games, and they are coached by Bobby Cremins, the legendary former Georgia Tech head coach. The Cougars have a high-scoring offense averaging 74.1 points per game. Four starters average double figures, led by Andrew Goudelock, who is averaging 19.6 points per game. Donavan Monroe is averaging 12.7 points, Jeremy Simmons is averaging 12.2 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds while shooting 58.1 percent from the field, and Tony White Jr. is averaging 10.4 points per game. The fifth starter, Casaan Breeden, is averaging 8.3 points per game.

The Patriots are all alone in first place in the CAA with a 10-1 conference record, and they have won seven-straight games. This will mark the fifth consecutive season a Mason BracketBuster contest has been televised.

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