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“It’s not like they went lights out in the second half,” Taylor said. “Their lights just weren’t quite as dim as ours.”

The Patriots cared little about the on-court offensive power and far more about the megawatt smiles Morrison, Pearson and guard Andre Cornelius wore afterward.

Mason is lodged in first place in the CAA with upstart Georgia State, which visits Fairfax on Saturday night with the outright conference lead at stake.

It’s important, of course, but moreso in the larger picture. The bucket list Morrison and his fellow seniors crafted is growing ever-shorter. Not much in the regular season can trump Thursday’s ecstasy, but Morrison knows precisely what would produce an even sweeter sensation.

“Now we have to win in the Coliseum against VCU,” Morrison said. “Not in Richmond [on the Rams’ homecourt], but in the Coliseum. They put us out three years in a row. That, and a [CAA] championship. That’s our only goal. That’s our focus.”