Scores

Final

James Madison 62

(7-23, 4-14 CAA)

George Mason 73

(16-14, 9-9 CAA)

    8:30 PM ET, March 2, 2007

    Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia

    1 2 T
    JMU 30 3262
    GMU 32 4173

    Top Performers

    James Madison: P. Curtis 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    George Mason: D. Smith 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast

    George Mason 73, James Madison 62

    Associated Press

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Dre Smith hit his first seven 3-pointers Friday night and had a career-high 26 points to lead George Mason to a 73-62 win over James Madison in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

    The Patriots, who reached the Final Four of the NCAA tournament last year, raised their record to 16-14. They advanced to a quarterfinal game against third-seeded Hofstra on Saturday. James Madison finished the season with a seven-game losing streak and 7-23 record.

    The Patriots took an early 20-15 lead before Pierre Curtis sparked the Dukes with six points during a 10-3 run that ended with George Mason leading 25-23 with 5:32 remaining in the half. A layup by Chris Flemming and a 3-pointer by Smith gave the Patriots a three-point lead and went into the half up 32-30.

    Smith began the second half with three consecutive 3-pointers, giving the Patriots a 41-32 lead with 17:11 remaining. The Dukes pulled to within three before Louis Birdsong's seven points sparked a 14-1 Patriots surged that stretched their lead to 57-41 with 9:56 remaining and the Dukes could get no closer than eight.

    Will Thomas added 14 points for George Mason, Birdsong had 11 and Folarin Campbell had 10.

    Curtis led the Dukes with 16 points, Joe Posey added 15 and Juwann James had 11.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    JMU
    GMU
    Points 62 73
    FG Made-Attempted 23-47 (.489) 25-45 (.556)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-19 (.474) 10-19 (.526)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-14 (.500) 13-25 (.520)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 11

    2006-07 Season

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