Men’s Basketball Team Plays in CAA Championship Game Tonight on ESPN

Posted: March 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

George Mason won two games in the 2004 Pioneer Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Basketball Tournament over the weekend and will play for the CAA title tonight against Virginia Commonwealth University. The winner of the game, which is nationally televised on ESPN at 7 p.m., will advance to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament.

Virginia Commonwealth, the top seed in the tournament, posted victories over Towson University on Saturday and Old Dominion University on Sunday. George Mason split the regular season series with Virgina Commonwealth, losing on the road 80-56 and winning at home 69-57.

The third-seeded Patriots survived a scare on Saturday against the University of Delaware before winning 65-58 in overtime. George Mason led by 13 points with 6:34 left in the game, but the team failed to make another field goal in regulation and Delaware tied the score in the final seconds to force the extra period. Sophomore Jai Lewis led the Patriots with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

On Sunday, sophomore Tony Skinn had a career day for the Patriots in their 80-66 victory over the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Skinn scored 27 points shattering his previous career high of 19. Mason jumped out to an early 24-11 lead and never trailed the rest of the game. Senior Mark Davis added 13 points.

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