George Mason to Play New Mexico in Preseason NIT

Posted: July 11, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The men’s basketball team will play the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.Mex., on Nov. 13 in the 2000 Preseason National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The winner of the Patriots-Lobos game will advance to play the winner of the Delaware-Temple game. The second-round game will be played on Nov. 15 at a site to be announced.

The Patriots won their second straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season title last year, sharing the honor with James Madison University, and this year they return three starters from last season’s 19-to-11 team. New Mexico finished 18 to 14 last season and advanced to the NIT.

This will be George Mason’s third appearance in a preseason tournament. The Patriots lost 85 to 63 at Seton Hall in the 1987 Big Apple NIT, and lost 90 to 71 at Texas-El Paso in the 1992 Preseason NIT. “We’re very excited to be a part of this prestigious event,” says Jim Larranaga, head men’s basketball coach. “The Preseason NIT features an outstanding field, and we are honored to represent the CAA.”

Former Preseason NIT champions Duke and Indiana, along with 2000 NCAA participants Pepperdine, Temple, and Texas, highlight the field. Other pairings on Nov. 13 include Delaware at Temple, Mississippi State at California, and Navy at Texas. Nov. 14 games include Pepperdine at Indiana, South Alabama at Marquette, Fairfield at Villanova, and Princeton at Duke.

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