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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Erik Copes
The BB&T Classic opener proved no contest as George Mason fell to Big 12 power Oklahoma 81-66
Maurice Creek dazzles from distance for GW while strong backcourt play led to wins for Georgetown and American.
George Mason guard Bryon Allen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining, then made two free throws to seal a 63-59 victory over Virginia on Friday.
George Mason Patriots 2012-13 preview.
History shows George Mason ended its last basketball season with a 10-point loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the CAA tournament.
The prevailing theme of George Mason's 89-63 bludgeoning of Delaware on Wednesday night was perhaps the Patriots' efficient offense.
George Mason rolled into Thursday night with a real chance at creating separation in the CAA.
Erik Copes was 11 or 12 when he asked his uncle during Thanksgiving dinner to teach him how to play basketball.
One strong week in January didn't win a CAA championship for George Mason.
Sherrod Wright's first game in more than a year and a half reminded George Mason just what it was missing.
George Mason Patriots
"We're trying to win the league so we don't have to play two games instead of three," forward Erik Copes said. "It'd be better for our bodies and be better for our minds to watch our opponent the game before we play them. It'd be better for us, but we're just trying to get better."
"I was on the bench dying inside, but you learn from your mistakes," Copes said. "I think we did."