Men’s Basketball Team Wins Four of First Five

Posted: December 5, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The men’s basketball team extended their win streak to three games with a pair of victories last week, giving it an overall record of 4-1 to start the season. The win over Coppin State at home Wednesday was George Mason’s eighth straight victory at the Patriot Center and lifted their record at home to 34-4 over the past four seasons. The win at Mississippi Saturday snapped the Rebels’ 44-game nonconference home win streak and was the biggest road victory in Patriot history.

Against Coppin State, senior Terrance Nixon led five players in double figures with 14 points, while senior Rob Anderson added 13 in the Patriots 80-44 victory. Sophomore Raoul Heinen had 12 points and nine assists, junior Jesse Young had 11 points and eight rebounds, and freshman Lamar Butler came off the bench to contribute 10 points and a career-high seven assists. Junior Jon Larranaga added seven points and a team-high nine rebounds, and sophomore Richard Tynes added career highs of nine points and six rebounds as all nine Patriots who dressed entered the scoring column.

At Mississippi, the Patriots got a driving layup by Larranaga with 12.2 seconds left to win the game, 71-70. Anderson scored a career-high 23 points and tied his career high with seven rebounds, while Larranaga added a career-best 22 points. Heinen posted his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 assists, establishing career highs in both categories.

The Patriots host a pair of nonconference opponents at the Patriot Center this week. Central Michigan, the defending Mid-American Conference champions, visits Fairfax tonight at 7 p.m. and Southern Illinois comes on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

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