Patriots Fall to Oregon, 68-54, in NIT Second Round

Posted: March 24, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Oregon’s Andre Joseph scored a career-high 22 points to lead his team to a 68-54 win over George Mason last night in the second round of the NIT in Eugene, Ore.

Junior guard Terry Reynolds was the only player to score in double digits for the Patriots (23-10), with 14 points.

An 8-3 run put George Mason up 22-21 seven minutes before halftime, but its lead was short-lived thanks to a 16-2 outburst by the Ducks that put them ahead 37-24 with 2:12 to play in the first half.

Joseph scored 10 of Oregon’s points during that stretch, including a pair of 3-pointers.

The Patriots’ sophomore center Jai Lewis scored on consecutive possessions to cut the Ducks’ lead, but Oregon went into halftime up 39-28.

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