November 21, 2011

George Mason Topples Brown, 74-48, In NIT Season Tip-Off

Fairfax, Virginia – Ryan Pearson scored a game high 23 points to lead George Mason to a 74-48 win over Brown in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip Off at the Patriot Center. George Mason extends its record to 3-2 overall with the win, while Brown falls to 2-3 overall.
 

Brown will face Monmouth on Tuesday evening at 5:00 p.m., in its final game of the NIT Season Tip-Off played at George Mason.

 

The Bears came into the game as one of the top three-point shooting teams in the Ivy League. Unfortunately, Brown shot just 20-percent from behind the three-point arc, hoisting up 25 treys and connecting on just five attempts.

 

"We just couldn't get our shots to drop," said Brown head coach Jesse Agel.  "We rushed shots and all of our turnovers led to points for George Mason."  The Patriots scored 17 points on 13 Brown turnovers.

 

George Mason also had a decided advantage on the backboards, out-rebounding the Bears by a 42-30 margin.

 

Senior Jean Harris led the Bears with nine points, but converted just one of nine shots from behind the three-point arc.

 

"I'm really proud of how hard Jean played," said Agel.  "He brought great intensity to the game and played well defensively."

 

Bears' sophomore forward Josh Biber and junior forward Andrew McCarthy chipped in with seven points each. Biber's seven points are a career high for the second year player.

 

Pearson's 23 points came on 9 of 14 shooting from the field. Vaughn Gray also scored in double figures for the Patriots with 10 points.

 

The Bears and Patriots were evenly matched for the game's first eight minutes with Brown holding a 12-10 lead on a three-point basket by Jean Harris with 12:28 left in the half.

 

George Mason took control of the game with a 19-3 run to grab a 29-15 lead on a lay-up by Mike Morrison with 3:31 left in the half. Brown freshman Christian Gore hit a free throw and McCarthy connected on a jump shot to stop the Patriot's run and pull to within 11 points, 29-18.

 

Poor first half shooting by the Bears led to a 37-21 halftime deficit after the Patriots out-scored Brown, 8-3, for the remainder of the half. Brown connected on just 8 of 28 first half field goals (28-percent), while George Mason shot 54-percent from the field (14 of 26).

 

It was more of the same in the second half as the Patriots opened up a 52-26 lead after five minutes of play to put the game away.