Men’s Basketball Falls to Hofstra; Big Weekend Ahead for Mason Athletics

Posted: February 24, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason men’s basketball team saw their eight-game winning streak snapped on Thursday night as the Patriots became the 19th-straight team to lose at Hofstra University, falling to the Pride, 77-66.

Hofstra (21-5, 13-4) was superior on the boards and the 12 offensive rebounds were just icing on the cake as the Pride made 48.3 percent of their shots in the win.

The loss ties Mason with the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association, as the Seahawks defeated Virginia Commonwealth University Thursday night. The Seahawks hold the tiebreaker should the teams remain tied after Saturday’s season finales.

The 25th-ranked Patriots (21-6, 14-3) fell behind by double digits after a 14-2 run by Hofstra midway through the first half. Mason had chances to rally in the second half but never got closer than three, 65-62 on a Folarin Campbell layup with 4:12 to play. Antoine Agudio scored in traffic at the other end and Aurimas Kieza slammed home an alley-oop as Hofstra earned its first-ever win over a ranked opponent.

Tony Skinn scored the 1,000th point of his career on a reverse layup early in the second half. He joined teammates Lamar Butler and Jai Lewis as members of the 1,000-point club. It is just the second time in school history that a Mason team has had a trio of 1,000-point scorers. Skinn is 25th on the school’s career scoring list.

Tony Skinn was named CAA Player of the Week after his game-winning three-pointer on national television helped Mason climb into the Top 25 for the first time in school history. Jai Lewis was named National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District first team for his work this season as Mason’s leading scorer and rebounder.

The men will face James Madison University at noon at the Patriot Center for the last game of the regular season. Tickets are available at the Patriot Center Box office or through Ticketmaster (you may also call Ticketmaster at 703-573-7328). Tickets are $11 or $6 for seniors and youth. The game will also be televised on Comcast SportsNet/Mid-Atlantic (CSN/M-A), which is available through local cable providers, DirecTV and the Dish Network. Check local listings for the channel in your area.

George Mason’s swimming and diving teams made their mark early at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships. After the first day, the women’s team sat in first place with 108 points, while the men were second with 68, just six points behind the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The four-day event is being held at the Aquatic and Fitness Center on the Fairfax Campus and winds up Saturday.

The women’s basketball team (9-15, 5-10) faces Towson University on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the CAA TV game of the week. The game will be broadcast on CSN/M-A. This is the last game of the regular season. Tickets can be purchased at the Patriot Center Box Office. For more information, call 703-993-3270.

The Mason women’s tennis team travels to the University of Mary Washington on Saturday for a 10 a.m. match. The team lost its season opener against Old Dominion University, 4-0, in a match-shortened contest.

The men’s tennis team will be in action on Saturday when they open their home schedule with Loyola College at 1 p.m. at the George Mason tennis courts. The men are 0-2 on the season.

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