Men’s Basketball Team Earns NIT Bid, Hosts Game Tonight

Posted: March 12, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The men’s basketball team will make its second appearance in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) when it hosts St. Joseph’s University tonight at 7 p.m. in the Patriot Center.

George Mason season ticket holders are requested to reserve their tickets by 10 a.m.

today. Ticket prices are $12 for adults reserved, $8 for general admission, and $4 for children/senior citizens/students. Special tickets are $4 general admission for registered Northern Virginia Officials and Coaches (display card), anyone named George or Joseph. Children in any uniform can get in free with purchase of a general admission ticket. Tickets can be purchased by calling TicketMaster at (703) 432-SEAT, or by visiting the ticket window at the Patriot Center Box Office.

This will be the first time George Mason has hosted an NIT game, as its team played twice on the road in the 1986 tournament. The Patriots defeated Lamar, 65-63, before falling at Providence, 90-71. The NIT was expanded to 40 teams this year and is the oldest tournament in college basketball, dating back to 1938. The semifinals and finals are at Madison Square Garden.

The contest also marks the first time the Patriots will meet St. Joseph’s, ranked No. 10 in the preseason Associated Press poll, in men’s basketball. The Hawks are 18-11 overall and were 12-4 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, placing in a tie for first with Temple in the East Division. George Mason is 19-9 overall.

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