Men’s Basketball Team Opens Preseason Tonight

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

The George Mason men’s basketball team will play the first of its two exhibition games tonight as it hosts Court Authority at 7 p.m. at the Patriot Center.

This contest and the Nov. 7 exhibition against the Nantucket Nectars will give the Patriots an opportunity to see how far they have progressed since practice began Oct. 14. George Mason’s first regular season game is Nov. 13 at the University of New Mexico in the first round of the Preseason National Invitation Tournament.

George Mason returns three starters and seven lettermen from last season’s 19-11 team. The Patriots finished in a tie for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season with James Madison at 12-4, and they earned the top seed in the CAA Tournament by defeating the Dukes, 76-64, in the final game of the regular season. George Mason won the CAA regular season and tournament titles in 1998-99 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Court Authority is a group of former collegiate players based in Richmond. The coach, Edmund Sherod, was a standout player at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and his son E.J., who played at Old Dominion University, is a member of the team. Other players who saw action in the Colonial Athletic Association include former Richmond players Curtis Blair, Eric English, and Derrick Wall, along with former VCU players Vince Wilson and Kenny Harris.

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