Scores

Final

Liberty 64

(6-7, 1-4 away)

George Mason 72

(9-3, 1-0 CAA)

    5:30 PM ET, December 30, 2007

    Patriot Center, Fairfax, Virginia

    1 2 T
    LIB 27 3764
    GMU 28 4472

    Top Performers

    Liberty: A. Smith 24 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Stl

    George Mason: F. Campbell 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

    George Mason 72, Liberty 64

    Associated Press

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Will Thomas scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds to lead five George Mason starters in double figures and the Patriots beat Liberty 72-64 on Sunday.

    Dre Smith added 15 points for George Mason (9-3), Folarin Campbell had 14 points and eight assists, John Vaughan recorded 13 points and six assists and Louis Birdsong had 11 points.

    Thomas' dunk gave George Mason a 66-58 lead with 1:26 left to play after the Patriots watched a 17-point lead late in the second half slip to 64-58 with 1:35 left.

    Anthony Smith had a career-high 24 points for Liberty (6-7). B.J. Jenkins added 18 points for the Flames, and Alex McLean had 16.

    George Mason, in its first game since a win Dec. 21 at Florida International, is now 6-0 at home this season. The Patriots played a second straight game without senior guard Jordan Carter, sidelined by an ankle sprain.

    After trailing 9-0 at the start, Liberty took its first lead at 30-28 on a 3-pointer early in the second half by Anthony Smith.

    But Vaughan responded with a 3-pointer to give George Mason a 32-30 lead. A basket by Campbell gave the Patriots the lead at 34-32, and George Mason never trailed from that point.

    George Mason's Smith tied a season-high with five 3-pointers. The Patriots made nine of 19 long-distance shots, and committed just 12 turnovers. George Mason held a 30-21 rebound advantage.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LIB
    GMU
    Points 64 72
    FG Made-Attempted 25-49 (.510) 24-46 (.522)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-16 (.438) 9-19 (.474)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-8 (.875) 15-22 (.682)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 17

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