George Mason-Northeastern: Patriots End Skid with Homecoming Win

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2009

Mason had not lost at the Patriot Center in one year entering Saturday's CAA matchup with the NU Huskies. The last defeat was Homecoming on Feb. 16, 2008 against the UNCW Seahawks.

Mason scored 47 second-half points to defeat the Huskies 64-53 in front of a packed Patriot Center as Mason improved to 12-0 at home. The victory was also Mason's first win on Homecoming in three years.

Mason (17-8, 10-5 CAA), who lost five of seven heading into the game, came out flat. Fortunately, so did the Huskies. Both teams shot terribly in the first half as Northeastern led by a slim margin, 20-17.

Mason used a 9-0 run early in the second half to build a 10-point lead. Mason never lost the lead once they surpassed the Huskies on the scoreboard.

Mason was led by John Vaughan, who scored a game-high 16 points. Vaughan had 14 points in the second half. Cam Long added a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 boards. Darryl Monroe, fresh off his game-high 27 points at UD, scored 10 to pace the Patriots.

Mason went 0-9 from beyond the arc in Thursday's loss at Delaware and missed all four three-pointers in the first half of Saturday's game. They finally hit some long-range jumpers, going 3-7 in the second half.

Northeastern (16-9, 11-4 CAA) was held to 34 percent shooting and 14 percent from three-point range. Matt Janning led the Huskies with 13 points.

Mason returns to the hardwood Wednesday night when they host the Drexel Dragons at 7 p.m. Mason defeated Drexel in Philadelphia 56-55 on Dec. 6, 2008 to open up CAA play. The game will be televised on FiOS 1.