- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 6, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. | Brandon Rozzell’s three consecutive 3-pointers fueled a late Virginia Commonwealth spurt Saturday and the Rams went on to topple George Mason 75-60 in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

The Rams (22-8) face archrival Old Dominion in the semifinals Sunday.

The teams split their regular-season games, each winning at home.

With the Patriots (17-14) ahead 53-51 with 7:23 left, Ed Nixon tied the game with a floater in the paint. Rozzell connected from outside on the Rams’ next three possessions to give Virginia Commonwealth a lead it never lost. Joey Rodriguez capped the 12-2 rally with three foul shots.

Larry Sanders had his 12th double-double of the season for the Rams with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Ryan Pearson led the Patriots with a career-high 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting, while leading scorer Cam Long had only four points, well under his 12.5 average.

After the Patriots ran off eight consecutive points early in the game, the Rams responded with a 9-0 run. The biggest margin in the final 7:03 of the half was three with George Mason ahead 35-32 at halftime.

There were six ties and eight lead changes in the first half. Pearson, who hit all five of his field goal attempts, and Luke Hancock led the Patriots with 11 points while Sanders had nine for the Rams, who were only 11-for-31 from the field.

The Rams shot 59.3 percent in the second half and held the Patriots to 25 points and 39.3 percent shooting from the field after the break.

Rodriguez finished with 17 points for Virginia Commonwealth and Rozzell had 14.

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