- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 6, 2008

From combined dispatches


George Mason 72, Towson 63

Will Thomas converted a three-point play with 3:20 remaining to break a 58-58 tie and lift the Patriots (10-4, 2-1 CAA) to a victory over the Tigers (5-8, 1-2) yesterday at Patriot Center.

Thomas, who had 20 points and 14 rebounds, led George Mason, which blew a 13-point first half lead but recorded its 11th straight win over Towson.

After Thomas’ three-point play, he hit a layup with 2:15 remaining, and with 1:14 to play, John Vaughan, who had 19 points, converted a three-point play to make it 66-58.

George Mason held Towson without a field goal for 8:40 in the first half, using a 21-6 run to take a 25-12 lead with 3:38 to play in the first half.

After missing 10 straight field goals, Towson made nine in a row — four of them 3-pointers — and cut George Mason’s lead to 37-36 with 16:24 remaining.

With the Patriots leading 51-47, Towson’s Tim Crossin was dribbling the ball upcourt and appeared to commit a backcourt violation. Patriots coach Jim Larranaga argued vociferously that Crossin should have been called for a violation, and he was assessed a technical foul by referee Tony Dawkins.

Jonathan Pease made both foul shots, and with 8:15 remaining Crossin hit a 3-pointer to give Towson its first lead since early in the first half at 52-51. Junior Hairston’s 3-pointer gave the Tigers a 55-51 lead, their largest of the game.

After the Patriots scored seven straight to take a 58-55 lead, Hairston, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds, converted on a three-point play to tie the score at 58-58.

Josh Thornton added 20 points for the Tigers, whose last win over George Mason came Jan. 6, 1993.

Navy 73, Longwood 55

ANNAPOLIS — Greg Sprink had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Midshipmen (7-8) overcame a slow start to beat the Lancers (4-14) at Alumni Hall.

Chris Harris and Kaleo Kina each had 18 points and five assists for Navy, which has won four straight games for the first time since 2001.

Kevin Swecker scored 19 points to lead Longwood.

Catholic 75, Salve Regina 59

Freshman Jason Banzhaf posted his second career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Cardinals (6-5) over the Seahawks (1-7) in the first round of the CUA Classic at DuFour Center.

Catholic will play Bates College in today’s title game.


Ohio 81, Navy 52

ANNAPOLIS — The Bobcats (7-6) held the Midshipmen (4-11) to 19 percent shooting from the field in the first half and then shot nearly 65 percent in the second half to beat Navy at Alumni Hall.

Ohio’s Lauren Kohn finished with 19 points to lead all players in scoring, while Cassie Consedine recorded her seventh double-double of the year for the Mids with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Richard Stockton 54, Catholic 51

POMONA, N.J. — The Ospreys (6-3) went on an 8-0 run late in the second half to take the lead for the last time in their win over the Cardinals (5-4).

Lauren McPeak led the Cardinals with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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