- Associated Press - Monday, May 2, 2011

FAIRFAX, VA. (AP) - George Mason has introduced Paul Hewitt as its new men’s basketball coach.

The former Georgia Tech coach was announced on Saturday to become the ninth coach in the Patriots 44-year history, replacing Jim Larranaga who left last month for Miami after 14 seasons with the Colonial Athletic Association program.

Hewitt, who turns 48 on Wednesday, was fired by Georgia Tech in mid-March after completing a 13-18 regular season and compiling a 190-162 record during his 11 seasons.

Hewitt was introduced Monday at George Mason and said “this was too good a situation to turn down.”

The Patriots return four starters from a 27-win team that reached the NCAA tournament last season.

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