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January 05, 2009

Mason Tops Georgia State

Daryl Monroe

FAIRFAX, VA - JANUARY 5: Daryl Monroe #32 of the George Mason Patriots shoots against the Georgia State Panthers during a conference men's basketball game at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on January 5, 2009. (Photo by Allen Clark/www.OffWingPhoto.com)

Tonight's game was a battle for first place both Georgia State and GMU were 2-0 in the conference. The only other team undefeated in the conference is Northwestern which Mason will take on in two weeks. Mason will be seeking revenge from last year's match up with Georgia State where the Patriots lost a 16 point lead in the last four minutes of the game.

At the end of the first half Mason held Georgia State to only 21 points while scoring 27 themselves. Mason struggled from three point range only sinking one of ten. The real story was Monroe at 6'7" who was more then Georgia State could handle and dominated in the paint fighting for seven rebounds and ten points. Defenders had a difficult time guarding him as he overpowered them using his large frame to his advantage.

Dre Smith

FAIRFAX, VA - JANUARY 5: Dre Smith #1 of the George Mason Patriots shoots against the Georgia State Panthers during a conference men's basketball game at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on January 5, 2009. (Photo by Allen Clark/www.OffWingPhoto.com)

In the second half Mason was a little sloppy having several turnovers and almost allowed Georgia State back into the game. One of the highlights of the second half was when Mason in-bounded the ball off the back of the opposing team to then blow by him on a break. This wasn't the most technical of plays or one a coach really likes to see but the crowd sure loved it and Mason went on to win 58-52.

For more photos of game action visit our OffWing Photo flickr gallery.

Story by Brian Collins

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Posted by Allen Clark at January 5, 2009 11:25 PM

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