VCU 79

(23-10, 12-6 CAA)

George Mason 63

(26-6, 16-2 CAA)

    12:00 PM ET, March 6, 2011

    Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia

    1 2 T
    VCU 39 4079
    GMU 25 3863

    Top Performers

    Virginia Commonwealth: B. Burgess 16 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast

    George Mason: C. Long 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    VCU ends No. 25 George Mason's 16-game win streak

    Associated Press

    RICHMOND, Va. -- Jamie Skeen scored 21 points and Virginia Commonwealth University continued its mastery of George Mason (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today) in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament Sunday, ending the Patriots' 16-game winning streak with a 79-63 victory in the semifinals.

    The Rams (23-10), blown out 71-51 by the Patriots in mid-February, took command with a 21-3 first-half run and knocked them out of the tournament for the third year in a row.

    Bradford Burgess added 16 points and Joey Rodriguez 13 for the Rams, who made 11 3-pointers, one shy of the tourney record. Richmond did it twice, both against the Patriots.

    Cam Long scored 20 points to lead George Mason (26-6), which lost for the first time since Jan. 8 and fell to 0-5 in its history against VCU in CAA tournament play. The Patriots are still expected to be invited to the NCAA tournament as an at-large entry with a high RPI.

    Trailing 39-25 at halftime, the Patriots came out strong to start the second half, using an 8-1 run to close within 40-33 in less than two minutes, but the Rams came right back.

    Ed Nixon and Burgess scored on putbacks on consecutive possessions, answering baskets by the Patriots, and Skeen's 3-pointer built their advantage back to 47-37. A free throw by Skeen and Burgess' 3-pointer with 14:11 to go made it 51-37, and the Rams never let up.

    George Mason, which lost big man Mike Morrison to fouls with 8:45 to play, never cut the lead to single digits again, delighting the increasingly partisan crowd in VCU's home city.

    The game was back and forth until Nixon's 3-pointer, one of nine in the first half for the Rams, launched them on a 21-3 run. The Patriots went nearly 6 minutes without a point, and turned the ball over on five of six possessions at one point.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 63
    FG Made-Attempted 24-50 (.480) 26-60 (.433)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-25 (.440) 6-25 (.240)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-29 (.690) 5-13 (.385)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 18 2

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