Men’s Basketball Team Wins CAA Title, Advances to NCAA Tournament

Posted: March 6, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s men’s basketball team held top-seeded University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW) scoreless for three long stretches, including the final 3:46, and won the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament, 35-33, last night. The CAA’s two best teams combined to produce the second-lowest scoring game in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history since the shot clock was implemented in 1986.

Erik Herring hit a three-point shot to give the Patriots the lead for good with 3:27 to go. It was the Patriots’ only three-pointer in 14 tries.

George Mason, who has won the CAA title two of the last three years, now advances to the NCAA tournament featuring the top 65 teams in the nation. George Mason’s first round opponent will be determined this Sunday.

Herring scored 12 points to lead the Patriots, and three-time CAA player of the year George Evans had nine points and 11 rebounds. Evans missed 10 of 14 shots in a game when no one shot well. George Mason shot 14-for-48 overall and UNCW was 11-38.

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