Men’s Basketball Falls at Northeastern, 73-50

Posted: February 23, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Patriots suffered their worst loss in two years as Mason lost to Northeastern University, 73-50, in Colonial Athletic Association action Saturday afternoon.

The Patriots failed to win 10 conference games for the first time since 1997-98, and Mason will enter next week’s CAA Tournament as the sixth seed.

The Patriots found themselves in an early 18-point hole after Northeastern opened the game with a 24-6 run. Bennet Davis scored eight points in that run while Bobby Kelly added six and Adrian Martinez and Matt Janning each had five.

But the Huskies got baskets from Bobby Kelly inside the arc and outside the arc and Martinez added a three-pointer, and it was once again an 18-point Northeastern lead, 34-16. A Martinez three-pointer in the final minute gave the Huskies a 41-20 lead at the half.

Northeastern shot 57.1 percent in the first half while Mason made just 33.3 percent of its shots. The Patriots also committed nine turnovers in the first half, while the Huskies made just four. Northeastern was also 5 of 12 from three-point range while Mason was 0 of 6.

The deficit got as large as 26 points in the second half when Mason went nearly four minutes without scoring. Gabe Norwood’s three-pointer with just under 10 minutes to play kept it from becoming the first game this century in which Mason failed to connect on a three-pointer.

Will Thomas had eight points and five rebounds while Folarin Campbell, returning from a hamstring injury, had eight points. Dre Smith and Louis Birdsong each had six, and Jordan Carter had a career-high nine rebounds.

Northeastern, celebrating Senior Night, got big performance from its seniors, as Davis had 20, Martinez scored 11 and Kelly added 17.

The Patriots will await the result of the Delaware-UNC Wilmington game to see who they play in the first round of the CAA Tournament. Mason will face the winner of that game in the opening round at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2.

Penny Lane Pub, located a few blocks from Richmond Coliseum where the tournament games will be played, will be Mason Nation Headquarters for all pre-game and post-game cheer. Should Mason play any day games, Penny Lane will open two and one-half hours prior to tip-off. There will be Mason drink specials, food and Mason gear available for purchase. Penny Lane Pub (804-780-1682) is located at 421 East Franklin Street, Richmond, Va.

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