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History and the current standings assert Mason was and remains one of those programs. On a day when 10 of the CAA’s dozen teams opened league play, the Patriots were able to dodge the unexpected results that ensnared both conference favorite Drexel (lost at Delaware) and preseason sleeper William and Mary (32-point loss to Georgia State).

Yet it wasn’t a picture-perfect outing, either.

“I’m just going to chalk it up to inexperience,” Hewitt said.

When the Patriots pick up more experience, one thing is unlikely to repeat itself from Saturday: Cruising along thanks to just six superb minutes.