Nov. 17, 2008
Fairfax, Virginia - Senior John Vaughn scored a game high 18 points on torrid 8 of 12 shooting from the field to lead defending Colonial Association Champion George Mason to an 89-52 non-league win over Brown.
Sophomore Peter Sullivan led Brown (0-2) with 15 points, including 13 in the second half, and a game high eight rebounds.
The Bears had a bit of a letdown at the outset after a strong performance in a loss to Rhode Island on Friday. Playing without starting sophomore guard Adrian Williams, Brown quickly fell behind 19-7 to open the game.
George Mason (2-0), coached by former Providence College standout Jim Larranaga, went on to build a 39-20 lead at the half behind a strong perimeter game. The Patriots scored 35 of their 39 points from outside the paint, mostly off the dribble. Vaughn netted nine first half points to lead all scorers, while Brown senior Chris Skrelja chipped in with seven first half points.
The second half turned into a track meet with the Patriots scoring 31 of their 50 second half points in the paint, mostly on fast-break lay-ups, as George Mason outscored the Bears by a 50-32 margin.
The Patriots out-shot the Bears, connecting on 36 of 66 field goals (55 percent), while Brown was held to just 37 percent shooting (19 of 52) from the field. George Mason also finished the game with a decided advantage on the backboard, out-rebounding the Bears by a 40-29 margin.
Sophomore center Morgan Kelly registered a career high 11 points for the Bears, while Skrelja joined Kelley and Sullivan in double with 11 points.
George Mason, a Final Four team just two years ago, also had key contributions from two underclassmen, reaping the rewards of its NCAA Semifinalist team. Freshman Michael Morrison scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half for the Patriots, while sophomore Vlad Moldoveanu chipped in with 12 points and 8 rebounds.
The Bears will be back in action again on Wednesday, facing Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.