Patriots Advance in NIT with First-Round Win

Posted: March 18, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason won its first postseason game in 18 years last night, beating the University of Tennessee 58-55 in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

The victory gave George Mason (22-9) a school record for wins in a season, and the Patriots won its first tournament game since a 65-63 victory over Lamar in the 1986 NIT. George Mason had since gone 0-3 in the NCAA tournament and 0-2 in the NIT.

Sophomore guard Tony Skinn scored 16 points, and junior guard Terry Reynolds got George Mason’s last 8 points to finish with 15. Sophomore center Jai Lewis added 13 for the Patriots.

George Mason will face Austin Peay State University in its next NIT contest tomorrow.

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