Men’s Basketball Earns Back-to-Back Wins

Posted: January 9, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason Patriots improved to 10-4, 4-1, on the season with wins in their last two games.

Last Thursday, the team toppled Virginia Commonwealth University, 73-60, in the first league home game of the season.

Sophomore Will Thomas, undeclared major, tied a career high with 15 points. Sophomore Folarin Campbell, undeclared major, led Mason with 17 points and he and Thomas each had three assists. Thomas and freshman Sammy Hernandez, business management major, led Mason with 6 rebounds.

For the 10th game in a row, Mason led at the half. For the second time in five games, five Mason players reached double figures in scoring.

That win was followed with a victory over the University of Delaware, 70-56, Saturday night at the Patriot Center.

The Patriots played their typically staunch defense and got another strong performance inside from Thomas and outside from senior Lamar Butler, communication major, to win for the ninth time in the past 11 games. Mason had a 47-34 edge in rebounding in the game.

As a result of the win, Mason head Coach Jim Larranaga recorded his 100th victory in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. He is only the second coach to reach 100 CAA wins. The league record is 106 wins.

Senior Jai Lewis, sport management major, had 8 rebounds in the game; he now has 737 rebounds in his career. Senior Tony Skinn, communication major, had 7 points and two assists on the night. Butler finished with 14 points and he tied a career-high 6 rebounds. Thomas had 13 points behind a career-high seven free throws.

Delaware shot just .365 from the field in the game. Mason finished the day shooting .393.

The Patriots return to action on Thursday when they play at the College of William & Mary at 7 p.m.

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