Men’s Basketball Wins Fifth Straight; Women Snap Losing Streak

Posted: January 17, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jai Lewis
Jai Lewis had his fourth double-double of the year in Saturday’s win over James Madison.
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George Mason’s men’s basketball team opened the second half with a 12-0 run and the Patriots forced eight James Madison University turnovers in the first 10 minutes after intermission, allowing them to down the Dukes, 65-43, in Harrisonburg, Va., on Saturday.

Mason has now won five straight and 11 of 13 since a home loss in late November to Creighton. The Patriots are 12-4 overall. The Patriots remained tied for first in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), improving to 6-1. Old Dominion University is also 6-1 in the CAA.

Jai Lewis had 15 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year, while Tony Skinn had 17 points and Will Thomas added seven rebounds. The Patriots shot .586 in the second half. Mason head coach Jim Larranaga earned the 102nd CAA win of his career.

The team next faces Northeastern University on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Patriot Center.

Meanwhile, Mason sophomore forward Jessica Smith netted a career-high 14 points and was one of four Patriots to score in double figures to help lead the women’s basketball team to a 70-51 victory over the College of William & Mary Sunday afternoon at the Patriot Center. Mason improves to 5-9 overall (1-4 CAA) with this win.

Sophomore forward Moni Akintunde registered her fifth double-double of the year with a game-high 11 boards, while senior guard Jen Daniels added 11 points for Mason after sinking two three-pointers and making all three of her attempts at the free throw line. Daniels also mimicked her career-high of five steals, while junior forward Tracy Ann Holness dished out a personal-best six assists.

This marks the third time this season that the Patriots have scored 70 or more points and the second time they held their opponent to 51 points or less.

The women will return to action on Jan. 20 when they face Old Dominion University (6-7, 4-0) in Norfolk, Va. at 7 p.m.

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