Old Dominion 63

(24-8, 15-3 CAA)

George Mason 79

(18-14, 9-9 CAA)

    5:30 PM ET, March 4, 2007

    Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia

    1 2 T
    ODU 20 4363
    GMU 35 4479

    Top Performers

    Old Dominion: D. Williamson 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl

    George Mason: D. Smith 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Surging George Mason upsets ODU to advance to CAA final

    Associated Press

    RICHMOND, Va. -- Dre Smith scored 19 points and surging George Mason took a 22-point lead early in the second half and made it stand up Sunday to upset Old Dominion 79-63 and advance to the Colonial Athletic Association championship game.

    The Patriots (18-14), lacking the resume they had in earning the at-large NCAA Tournament berth last season that made their amazing run to the Final Four possible, beat third-seeded Hoftra in the quarterfinals before taking out the No. 2 Monarchs.

    The Patriots will play regular-season champion Virginia Commonwealth in the championship on Monday night, with the winner earning an NCAA Tournament berth.

    Old Dominion (24-8), which had swept the season series from the Patriots, missed 30 of its first 40 shots and joins Drexel in hoping the league's enhanced reputation earns it at-large consideration. Drexel lost to the Rams in the other semifinal, 63-56.

    Folarin Campbell added 18 points for the Patriots, including seven in a row late in the game after the Monarchs made 9 of 12 shots to threaten to make a game of it.

    Drew Williamson led Old Dominion with 16 points and Valdas Vasylius had 13.

    George Mason led 35-20 at halftime and opened the second half with an 8-1 run as Old Dominion missed its first five shots, leaving it 8-for-34 from the field overall.

    Not until the Monarchs stopped shooting 3-pointers -- they had missed 12 of 13 -- and started driving to the basket did they begin to mount a rally. Making 9 of 12 at one point, they closed to within 61-49 with 4:38 to play, but could get no closer.

    George Mason shot 58 percent while Old Dominion finished at 35 percent.

    The Patriots came out red hot, making 9 of their first 11 shots and taking a 21-8 lead. They hardly cooled off, either, finishing the half 15-for-26 and leading 35-20.

    Smith led the Patriots' early barrage, scoring 14 points before halftime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 63 79
    FG Made-Attempted 23-65 (.354) 28-48 (.583)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-21 (.143) 5-15 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-16 (.875) 18-29 (.621)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 22

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