- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 3, 2008


Folarin Campbell scored 20 points and John Vaughan added 19 to lead George Mason to a 72-46 win over James Madison yesterday at Patriot Center.

Coach Jim Larranaga recorded his 200th win for George Mason in front of the largest home crowd in school history — 9,840. Larranaga, who led the Patriots to the NCAA Final Four in 2006, has 397 wins in his career. George Mason has won 11 straight home games.

Campbell scored 12 straight first-half points when the Patriots (16-6, 8-3 CAA) took an early first-half lead that they never relinquished.

George Mason, which has won six of its last seven, held James Madison (10-11, 3-8) to its lowest point total of the season. The Dukes have lost six in a row — their longest losing streak since they ended last season with seven straight defeats.

James Madison’s problems started early. After taking a 2-0 lead, the Patriots scored 11 straight points, holding the Dukes scoreless for 6½ minutes. Juwann James scored the first five field goals for James Madison, hitting five straight shots. By the time one of his teammates scored a field goal, the rest of the Dukes were 0-for-13 from the field.

James Madison, which has dropped nine straight to George Mason, closed to within 27-18 at halftime, but they missed 10 of their first 11 field goal attempts in the first eight minutes of the second half as the Patriots took a 38-21 lead. George Mason led by 72-41 with 1:11 to play.

James led the Dukes with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Abdulaih Jalloh had 16.

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