UNCW Snaps Mason’s Six-Game Win Streak
Posted: January 23, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
The Patriots lost sole possession of first place in the Colonial Athletic Association but remain tied atop the standings after Saturday’s loss to the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), 69-63, at Trask Coliseum in Wilmington, N.C.
Mason is tied with UNCW and Old Dominion University for first place. Five teams are tied with three losses.
After building a 14-point second-half lead, the UNCW Seahawks saw their lead stand at just one with under a minute to play. But T.J. Carter, who scored a game-high 28 points, made a pair of free throws and Todd Hendley added three from the free throw line as UNCW snapped Mason’s six-game winning streak.
Mason (13-5, 7-2) trailed for the entire game on a night when the Patriots shot just .434 from the field. The defense wasn’t as good as usual, either. Mason entered the game sixth in the nation in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to .372 shooting. But UNCW (14-6, 7-2) managed to shoot .471 from the field. The Seahawks have won eight of the past nine games between the teams in Wilmington.
Mason got double figures from Folarin Campbell, Will Thomas and Jai Lewis, but Lamar Butler and Tony Skinn, who average a combined 27 points per game, were held to just 10 points total.
The winning streak was the longest by Mason since 1998-99. The Patriots will look to start a new winning streak on Thursday when they host the College of William & Mary at 7 p.m.