- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 10, 2006

Yesterday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.


0Points in the last two games for George Mason’s Darryl Monroe, a junior college transfer. Coaches expected the 6-foot-7 junior to help fill the void left by Jai Lewis’ departure, but Monroe had no points and two fouls in 13 minutes after going scoreless in 24 minutes in last week’s win at Radford.


“It’s past midnight!”

— Chant by the Cameron Crazies in the final moments of the game, before they broke into “Drive home safely!”


George Mason forward Louis Birdsong had a breakout performance with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting. Although he was credited with only one assist, the 6-foot-7 freshman from Baltimore had several nice drives and passes to Will Thomas. Birdsong, who suffers from asthma and had to be taken out several times, played 23 minutes after not getting off the bench the last game.

“[Coach Jim Larranaga] told me I would probably get in today, but I didn’t think I would get in as much as I did,” said Birdsong, who could be a second productive big man the Patriots are seeking next to Thomas. “When I would drive, I kind of knew his [Thomas’] man would step up. I would just drive and dish.”

— Jon Siegel

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