Patriots Top William and Mary as Mason Celebrates U.S. Armed Forces Day

Posted: February 2, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Sophomore forward Jai Lewis led four George Mason players in double figures with 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as the Patriots downed visiting College of William and Mary, 78-62, in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon. The win in front of 6,240 fans at the Patriot Center gives Mason a season sweep of the Tribe for the second consecutive year.

During the game, George Mason’s Athletic Department and American Legion Post 177 cohosted U.S. Armed Forces Day, an opportunity to honor all veterans, active duty soldiers, and reserve soldiers. The George Mason Army ROTC Patriot Battalion repelled from the ceiling to begin the salute, and the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performed at halftime. Special guest retired Brig. Gen. Hazel Johnson-Brown, the first African American woman to achieve the rank of brigadier general in the United States Army, was also in attendance.

The Patriots snapped a two-game losing streak in the conference as they improved to 13-6 overall and 6-4 in the CAA. The victory made coach Jim Larranaga the second winningest coach in school history with a 113-80 mark in seven seasons.

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