Mason sweeps ODU with 85-74 win

Mason sweeps ODU with 85-74 win
February 5, 2013, 10:00 am
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NORFOLK, Va. - Five Patriots scored in double figures as the George Mason men’s basketball team had its highest offensive output of the season, completing a season sweep of Old Dominion with an 85-74 win at the Constant Center. The victory moves the Patriots to 7-4 in Colonial Athletic Association play and 14-9 overall, while the Monarchs (2-20, 0-10) were kept winless in conference play.

Leading the quintet of Mason scorers was junior Jonathan Arledge, scoring a career high for the third straight game as he poured in 21 points, a game-high. Freshman Patrick Holloway contributed 13 points, sophomore Corey Edwards added 11 while junior Bryon Allen added 10 as did sophomore Erik Copes, the latter tying a career-high. DeShawn Painter led the Monarchs with 14 points.

Mason scored six of the first eight but the Monarchs would keep it within a possession in the opening five minutes. ODU cut the deficit to one at 8-7 on a layup by Ross before the Patriots answered with six in a row, giving them a lead of seven. Trailing 21-15, the Monarchs mounted a run of 10-3 to take their first and only lead of the half, as Larsen drained a 3-pointer to put ODU ahead 25-24 with 4:44 to go.

Mason responded quickly as Holloway drained a trey of his own to put the Patriots back on top, and they went on to close out the half with a 19-6 run, pushing their lead to double-digits for the first time. ODU had moved to within two at 29-27, but the Patriots answered with nine in a row as part of that half-ending run.

Arledge led the team with nine points while Holloway added eight in the first half as the Patriots out-shot the Monarchs from the field, 59-to-33 percent. The Patriots also won the rebounding battle, 21-11 in the first half.

The Patriots pushed their lead to 21 points less than five minutes into the second half, as Arledge hit a pair of free throws to put Mason ahead, 57-36. It would be the largest of the game, though, as the Monarchs slowly whittled the deficit down to single digits, as Palmore hit a pair to make it 71-62 with 4:46 remaining. They would get no closer than nine, as the Patriots cruised to the victory in the final minutes.

The win was Mason’s fifth in a row against the Monarchs, coming in ODU’s final game against the Patriots in CAA play, as Old Dominion will join Conference USA next season.