George Mason Goes 14-0 at the Patriot Center

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2009

George Mason completed their first-ever perfect season at the Patriot Center, defeating  the Towson Tigers (10-21, 5-13 CAA) 71-59 in front of a sold-out crowd Saturday night.

Seniors Darryl Monroe and Dre Smith each scored 13 points to lead Mason to their 16th-straight home victory.

Mason collectively shot 51 percent from the field, and went 43 percent from beyond the arc.

The Patriots (20-9, 13-5 CAA) had four players score in double figures. Along with Smith and Monroe, Cam Long scored 11 points and Louis Birdsong came off the bench to score 10.

Saturday was the final home game for the four seniors.

All four started the game, including Chris Fleming—who started for the fourth time in his collegiate career. Fleming is the only active player who played in the 2006 Final Four for Mason.

John Vaughan, who missed the Final Four season due to injury, ended his final game at the Patriot Center with nine points and eight rebounds.

Towson was held to 36 percent from the floor, and was limited to 32 percent (8-25) from 3-point land. Junior Hairston led all scorers with 19 points, and grabbed 12 rebounds. Josh Thornton added 10 points.

By virtue of their historic win and a Northeastern loss, the Patriots will defend their conference championship in next week's CAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed, against the winner of the No. 7-No. 10 matchup between the JMU Dukes and the William & Mary Tribe.

Tip-off will be set for 6 PM, and will be played at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.

Tickets can be purchased through or the Mason athletic ticket office.

Students may purchase tickets at the Coliseum for $5.50 (Mason game only) while available. No advance sales for Mason students. For more information, contact the Mason ticket office at 703-993-3270

We will see you at Penny Lane Pub in downtown Richmond!