NCAA Game Summary - Old Dominion at George Mason
Fairfax, VA (Sports Network) - Ryan Pearson recorded his 10th double-double of the season with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds, as the George Mason Patriots maintained a share of the Colonial Athletic Association lead with a 54-50 win over Old Dominion at the Patriot Center.
Pearson was the only player in double figures for the Patriots (19-6, 11-2 CAA), who shot just 27.7 percent from the floor. Still, they used a strong defensive effort to sweep the season series and improve to 12-1 at home.
The Monarchs (15-10, 10-3) were one of four teams that entered the weekend tied for the top spot in the conference standings. They saw their four-game win streak come to a halt despite 10 points and 10 rebounds from Chris Cooper, 13 off the bench from Trian Iliadis, and 11 from Kent Bazemore.
The Patriots made only one of their first 17 field goal attempts, going more than 10 minutes without a bucket. Andre Cornelius ended the drought with a layup at the 6:50 mark, igniting a 9-2 run. However, that was one of only six baskets for the Patriots in the first half, as they trailed 26-20 at intermission.
George Mason turned up the defensive pressure in the second stanza, holding the Monarchs to 9-of-33 shooting (.273) from the floor and 1-of-11 from the perimeter (.091). The Patriots paraded to the free-throw line, converting 19- of-23 attempts over the final 20 minutes.
The victory was George Mason's 16th straight at home in conference play.