George Mason vs. Lamar: Patriots, Cardinals meet in BracketBusters


Patriots forward Ryan Pearson is among the seniors who will be honored before Saturday’s game. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)
February 17, 2012
George Mason vs. Lamar

Where: Patriot Center. When: 4 p.m. Internet: Game televised on ESPN3.com.

Records: Patriots 22-6; Cardinals 17-9.

Outlook: The Patriots will be hard-pressed to match the emotions of Tuesday’s last-second victory over arch-rival Virginia Commonwealth. Still, they might become a bit misty-eyed during a pregame ceremony for seniors Ryan Pearson, Mike Morrison and Andre Cornelius, who will play in their final regular season home game. The occasion is the annual BracketBusters event, an ESPN concoction designed to match teams of equal quality from separate mid-major leagues. However, Lamar isn’t exactly a marquee opponent, and beating the Southland Conference foe won’t do much for the Patriots’ nonconference portfolio ahead of the NCAA tournament selections in three weeks. George Mason’s primary focus is on the Colonial Athletic Association race, which is down to its final week. The Patriots and Drexel are tied for first and VCU is a game behind. George Mason will resume league play Wednesday at Northeastern before visiting VCU next Saturday. George Mason has won 10 of 11 and is 14-1 at home (28-1 over two seasons). Coached by Pat Knight, Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Knight’s son, the Cardinals are enjoying their finest season in four years. They’ve won five of six and are second in the Southland’s East Division with an 8-4 record, two games behind McNeese State. Senior guards Mike James and Anthony Miles are averaging 16.4 and 14.7 points, respectively. George Mason and Lamar haven’t played one another since 1986 in Beaumont, Tex.

Steven Goff

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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