George Mason-Delaware: Patriots End Skid, Defeat Hens

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2009

Mason played two tough road games last week and fell by a combined six points against the top two squads in the CAA. Still without redshirt senior John Vaughan, Mason ended their two-game skid with a 78-55 win against the struggling Delaware Blue Hens on Tuesday night at the Patriot Center.

Mason was led by freshman Mike Morrison and senior Dre Smith, who each scored 14 for the home team.

The Patriots (15-5, 8-2 CAA) used a 20-4 run to open the second half and went on to outscore the Hens 41-20 in the second stanza for their 11th home win in a row. The team shot 48 percent from the field while limiting Delaware (9-13, 3-7 CAA) to 38 percent shooting and 44 percent from the charity stripe.

Cam Long recorded his first career double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 boards. Long also recorded a game-high six assists.

Isaiah Tate has been given more playing time as of late and was very effective on both the offensive and defensive sides, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds. Louis Birdsong scored 11 points to round out the offensive explosion in the second half.

Marc Egerson led all scorers with his game-high 20 points and played the entire game. Alphonso Dawson and Jawan Carter combined for 21 points, respectively.

I spoke with Vaughan earlier tonight, and he is expected to return to the hardwood this Saturday, when the Patriots visit Norfolk for a CAA battle with the Old Dominion Monarchs. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on Comcast Sportsnet.