Mason Tramples Pride

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2009

George Mason lost three of four coming into Tuesday's contest against the Hofstra Pride, and they were hungry for a win. It was never even close as Mason rolled 78-54 in front of 5,067 at the Patriot Center.

Redshirt senior John Vaughan and freshman Ryan Pearson each scored 16 to lead Mason (16-6, 9-3 CAA) in the victory. It was not just offense that was great for the Patriots, but the defense finally woke up from hibernation.

Hofstra (14-9, 6-6 CAA) shot a miserable 28.8 percent from the field, and 19 percent from beyond the arc. Mason forced 19 Hofstra turnovers and the top three scorers for Hofstra were held to just 36 points. The Pride never led in the game.

Mason opened the game with a 10-2 run and led 39-21 at the half. Cam Long, five points, began the second half with a steal, score and a foul. He converted the three-point play with the free throw to put Mason up 42-21, just 12 ticks in.

Hofstra had no answer for Mason's attack allowing the Patriots to open the second stanza with a 10-4 run opening up Mason's lead to 25. Mason led by as many as 34 points, leading 77-43 with 3:39 remaining.

Darryl Monroe joined Vaughan and Pearson in double figure scoring with ten points and six rebounds. Ike Tate scored nine and Dre' Smith added seven points in the victory.

Hofstra had one bright spot out rebounding Mason 40-32 with 20 rebounds coming on the offensive glass.

Mason travels to Harrisonburg, Va., this Saturday to face conference rival James Madison at the Convo. Tip is set for 2 p.m. and can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet or heard on WTNT 570 AM.

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