Epic Rally Leads Patriots to Rare Win at VCU

Posted: February 10, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jai Lewis
Jai Lewis had 21 points and eight rebounds, both game highs, in Mason’s 73-61 win over VCU.

Entering Thursday night’s game at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), there was not a single player on the George Mason men’s basketball team who knew what it was like to earn a win at Alltel Pavilion in Richmond, Va. With 15:22 to play, it didn’t look like that would be changing, as Mason found itself down 17 to a team that had made two-thirds of its shots.

But then the Patriots seemed to suddenly remember that they have the nation’s fifth-best field-goal percentage defense. And with a renewed defensive confidence carrying over to the offensive end, Mason went on an epic run to not only silence the crowd, but also to make a statement.

Mason (18-5, 12-2) closed the game with a 41-12 run to hand VCU its first home loss of the season, 73-61. The Rams (15-7, 9-5) managed to convert on just 5 of their final 23 shot attempts while the Patriots made 17 of 23 in the second half. Jai Lewis finished with 21 points and eight rebounds while Folarin Campbell had 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Will Thomas added 14 points and eight rebounds. It was Mason’s first win at VCU since Jan. 22, 2000.

Mason returns to action on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when the Patriots take on Towson University as part of Homecoming Weekend. Mason has won five in a row and 11 of 12.

Write to at