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George Mason 81, Georgia St 51

ATLANTA (AP) -- Lamar Butler scored 21 points, 15 on 3-point
baskets, and Will Thomas added 15 points and nine rebounds to lead
George Mason in an 81-51 rout of Georgia State on Friday night.

It was the Colonial Athletic Association opener for the Patriots
(3-2), who took control with a 10-0 run that broke a 12-12 tie 10
minutes into the game. George Mason shot 63 percent while building
a 40-27 lead in the first half.

Deven Dickerson was the only Georgia State (2-2, 1-1) player to
score in double figures, finishing with 10 points and eight
rebounds.

The Patriots virtually put the game on ice when they went on a
13-0 spurt to start the second half, hitting five consecutive
layups off transition and then a 3-point basket by Butler for a
53-27 lead with 16:18 remaining.

The Panthers could not find their shooting touch all night,
hitting only 28.6 percent for the game.