George Mason Picked First in Preseason CAA Coaches’ Poll

Posted: July 31, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s men’s basketball team grabbed 7 of 10 first-place votes in 2003-04 preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) balloting conducted by the league’s 10 head coaches. The Patriots are projected to finish first in the conference after receiving 79 points, outdistancing second-place University of North Carolina-Wilmington, which garnered 67 points. Virginia Commonwealth University was tabbed for third with 65 points. Coaches were not eligible to vote for their own team.

Individually, Mason senior Mark Davis was selected to the preseason CAA first-team in the balloting. Davis concluded the 2002-03 season as the Patriots’ leading scorer, averaging 15.5 points per game. The 6-5 guard/forward started all 28 games, leading the team in steals and three-point field goals made, while averaging 3.9 rebounds per contest. Davis was a second-team All-CAA pick last season.

George Mason concluded the season with a 16-12 overall record and an 11-7 mark in league play. The Patriots return eight letterwinners from last year’s team, including three starters in Davis and seniors Raoul Heinen and Richard Tynes. The Patriots also welcome five newcomers to the program. In addition, Mason returns sophomore Lamar Butler, who sat out last season due to injuries and academics, and junior Terry Reynolds, a transfer student out of Toledo who practiced with the team last year but sat out due to NCAA transfer rules.

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