Patriots Gain Share of CAA Title, Number 1 Seed for Tournament

Posted: February 29, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The men’s basketball team captured at least a share of its second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season championship with a thrilling 76-64 win over James Madison on Saturday at the Patriot Center. They won the game in front of the first-ever sellout crowd in their home arena (9,676 attendees).

Junior forward George Evans led five players in double figures and recorded his eighth “double-double” of the season in a 17-point, 14-rebound performance. Evans, a CAA Player of the Year candidate, also added five assists, three blocks, and two steals. George Mason raised its mark to 18-10 overall, 12-4 in the CAA. James Madison fell to 18-8, 11-4, with a game against UNC-Wilmington remaining.

Senior guard Ahmad Dorsett made four three-pointers and scored 16 points in his final home appearance. Junior guard Tremaine Price added 13 points and three steals, senior forward Keith Holdan scored 12 points, and freshman guard Tyrone Tiggs contributed a career-high 10 points and tied his career-best with three steals.

“I loved our intensity on the defensive end in the second half,” says head coach Jim Larranaga. “We came right back when they got up on us. Down the stretch we were able to execute very well. James Madison is an outstanding team.”

The Patriots went undefeated for the second consecutive season at home against CAA opponents and won for the 22nd time in their last 23 home games overall. George Mason will play the winner of the American-East Carolina game this Saturday, March 6, at noon at the Richmond Coliseum in the CAA Tournament quarterfinals. For ticket information, call x33270.

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