Men’s Basketball Team Earns No. 3 Seed in CAA Tournament; Players Win Honors

Posted: March 5, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason men’s basketball team will be looking for its third Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship crown and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament bid at the 2004 Pioneer CAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, today through Monday. The Patriots, 19-8 overall and 12-6 in the CAA, clinched the No. 3 seed and will play their first game against the University of Delaware on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in the Richmond Coliseum.

If George Mason is victorious, the team will move into the semifinals on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The Patriots split the season series with Delaware this year, losing 74-65 on the road and winning 75-61 at the Patriot Center during Homecoming weekend. Mason lost to Delaware, 61-49, last year in the first round of the CAA tournament.

George Mason sophomore forward Jai Lewis and senior guard Mark Davis received All-CAA accolades at the 2004 CAA banquet held last night in Richmond. Lewis was named to the All-CAA first team, while Davis garnered All-CAA second team honors for the second consecutive season, in voting conducted by the league’s 10 head coaches, the media, and sports information directors.

ESPN will televise the championship game on Monday at 7 p.m. The two semifinal games, on Sunday at 3 and 5:30 p.m., will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet. The 2004 champion will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots won the CAA title in 2001 and received an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament two years ago.

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