- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 3, 2008

From combined dispatches

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Georgia State 66, George Mason 64

ATLANTA — Leonard Mendez made a game-winning jumper as time expired, capping a second-half rally by the Panthers (4-8, 1-1 CAA) to beat the Patriots (9-4, 1-1) yesterday.

George Mason reached halftime with a 43-30 lead. Georgia State opened the second half with a 15-2 run, tying the game 45-45 on a layup by Rashad Chase with 12:46 left.

Trae Goldston scored seven of his nine points during the spurt for the Panthers.

George Mason took a 63-59 lead with a little more than three minutes remaining. But a 3-pointer by Mendez and Justin Billingslea’s layup put Georgia State ahead 64-63 with 34 seconds left.

Dre Smith tied the game 64-64 on a free throw. Then Mendez, who finished with 19 points and five rebounds, hit the game-winner.

John Vaughan led George Mason with 18 points. Will Thomas added 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Smith had 13 points and Floarin Campbell 12.

Navy 84, NJIT 55

ANNAPOLIS — Kaleo Kina equaled a season-high with 23 points to lead four players in double figures as the Midshipmen (6-8) routed the Highlanders (0-16) at Alumni Hall.

Greg Sprink scored 19 points, while Chris Harris was 5-for-6 from 3-point range in netting 18 for Navy, which has won three straight. Freshman Romeo Garcia contributed a career-high 10 points for the Midshipmen, who registered their most lopsided victory of the season.

Adam Teague added eight points for the Mids, who shot a sizzling 55.6 percent (30-for-54) from the field. The Midshipmen forced 23 turnovers and limited visiting New Jersey Institute of Technology to 40 percent shooting.

After struggling to score most of the season, Navy has suddenly become an offensive juggernaut, averaging nearly 85 points over the last three games. The Midshipmen have shot 49 percent or better from the field in five of their last six games after managing to do so just twice in their initial eight.

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Navy 55, Fordham 45

ANNAPOLIS — A 13-0 run over the final three minutes propelled the Midshipmen (4-10) to a victory over the Rams (0-14) at Alumni Hall.

K.C. Gordon scored a career-high 17 points to lead Navy, and Cassie Consedine played a key role in the comeback, scoring all 15 of her points in the second half.

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