The Virginia Commonwealth Rams led 32-4 at one point in the first half, as the George Mason Patriots went over eight minutes without a field goal to start the game. George Mason eventually found something resembling offensive rhythm, but the large early deficit proved too much to overcome. The Rams will play in the CAA Conference Championship Game on Monday after defeating the Patriots 74-64 on Sunday.
VCU started 7-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc, but went just 4-for-18 the rest of the way. Bradford Burgess and Troy Daniels stayed hot for 40 minutes, however, leading the Rams with 20 and 17 points, respectively. The two were a combined 9-for-17 from long range.
Mike Morrison was dominant for George Mason, scoring 20 in addition to 11 rebounds to help his team claw back. The Patriots dominated the Rams on the boards, with 38-20 advantage on rebounds. They also committed 17 turnovers, however. CAA Player of the Year Ryan Pearson never got going with just three field goal attempts and six points for the game.
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