Patriots Win Fifth Straight

Posted: January 22, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Junior Will Thomas made 10 of 11 shots from the field, and Mason held the opposition to fewer than 70 points as the Patriots downed the Northeastern University Huskies 78-53 in front of 6,928 fans at the Patriot Center on Saturday.

Mason (11-7, 5-3) has now won five straight. A big game against Colonial Athletic Association leader Virginia Commonwealth University (16-3, 8-0) looms on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Thomas scored a game-high 20 points, and he improved his career shooting percentage to .607, becoming the school’s all-time leader in that category.

Sophomore John Vaughan added 16 points, while junior Folarin Campbell had eight points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The Patriots had just six turnovers. Over the past four games, Mason has had 81 assists on 122 baskets with just 35 turnovers.

The Patriots opened an eight-point first-half lead and seemed in control until a Northeastern run midway through the period.

With Mason holding a 24-16 edge, Adrian Martinez drained a three-pointer and Manny Adako, Bennet Davis and Bobby Kelly each scored easy baskets in the paint to give Northeastern (5-14, 3-5) its lone lead of the day, 25-24.

Mason responded with a 12-0 run as Thomas scored three straight baskets, junior Darryl Monroe had a tip-in and Campbell and junior Jordan Carter each scored on fastbreak layups. Martinez hit his fifth three-pointer of the half, and Davis sank a jumper as the Huskies made it 36-30 at the break.

The second half, however, was all Mason. The Patriots led 50-39 with 13:44 to go when they began their big run.

Vaughan got it going with a three-pointer, and after an Adako bucket, sophomore Chris Fleming scored on a tip-in and sophomore Dre Smith hit a three-pointer for a 17-point lead.

Thomas had back-to-back baskets before Davis hit a pair of free throws to make it 62-43. Thomas, Vaughan, Campbell, freshman Louis Birdsong and junior Jesus Urbina all scored over the next six minutes as Mason built a 76-47 edge.

Northeastern managed just two field goals over the final 13:07.

Carter, the reigning CAA Co-Player of the Week, continued his strong play with seven points and five assists.

Mason will now look to Wednesday night and a showdown with the Rams, who have won 14 of their past 15. Mason won both meetings between the teams last year.

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