Ryan Pearson leads George Mason past College of Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Senior forward Ryan Pearson turned in a magnificent performance with 35 points and 14 rebounds to propel George Mason to an 84-76 victory over the College of Charleston on Friday night.

Pearson hit 15 of 25 shots, going 4 for 4 from the foul line and making a three-pointer. Teammate Vertrail Vaughns finished in double figures with 12 points and hit two three-pointers, as did Andre Cornelius. But it was Pearson who fought off Charleston’s more balanced attack with five players in double figures, led by Antwaine Wiggins with 19 points.

George Mason (9-4) led at halftime, 46-38, before each team scored 38 points in the second half. The Patriots shot a sizzling 54.8 percent in the first half (17 of 31) and 51.7 percent for the game (31 of 60).

Trent Wiedeman scored 15 for Charleston (10-3) and Adjehi Baru added 12.

MERCER 65, NAVY 56: In Annapolis, Jakob Gollon scored 12 points and Travis Smith added 11 for the Bears against the Midshipmen.

Mercer (9-6) battled back from a two-point halftime deficit and trailed 34-30 less than four minutes into the second half, before putting together what would be the game-winning run. Mercer’s Langston Hall and Gollon hit back-to-back jumpers to spark a 13-6 spree, and the Bears led the rest of the way.

The Bears shot 66.7 percent from the field (24 of 36), including a 50 percent mark from three-point range (5 of 10) in the win. The Midshipmen were just 38 percent shooters (19 of 50), including a 25 percent mark from long range (5 of 20).

Jordan Sugars had a game-high 21 points to lead Navy (3-10).

Rodgers’s records lift Hoyas

Georgetown guard Sugar Rodgers was named Blue Sky Classic tournament MVP after leading the Hoyas to a 77-38 win over host Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. The 15th-ranked Hoyas, who have won 11 in a row, improved to 12-2. Dartmouth fell to 2-10.

With a tournament-record and career-high 39 points Friday, Rodgers also set marks with 73 points in the tournament (over two games) and 11 three-pointers made in the event. The 35th Annual Blue Sky Classic is the longest-running collegiate women’s basketball tournament in the country.

RUTGERS 75, GEORGE WASHINGTON 54: Monique Oliver tied her season high with 23 points to lead the No. 11 Scarlet Knights to a victory over the host Colonials.

April Sykes added 17 points and Khadijah Rushdan had 13 for Rutgers (11-2), which begins Big East play at home against Syracuse on Tuesday.

Tara Booker scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half for GW, which briefly closed the deficit to 12 points after trailing by 19 at halftime.

Danni Jackson added 14 points and Tiana Myers had 10 for the Colonials (6-7), who have lost four of their past five.

Rutgers shot 48 percent in a game attended by Baltimore Ravens and former Rutgers running back Ray Rice.

AMERICAN 77, WESTERN MICHIGAN 52: Freshman guard Jen Dumiak scored a season-high 19 points to lead the Eagles (8-5) to a home victory over the Broncos (3-9).

Dumiak went 6 for 7 from the field and made all three of her three-point attempts. She also had a season-high five rebounds. Sarah Kiely scored 14 points on perfect shooting (6 for 6 from the field and 2 for 2 at the foul line) in 19 minutes. Alexis Dobbs added 13 points.

BOSTON U. 48, NAVY 46: A pair of game-tying shots in the waning seconds fell short for the Midshipmen in a loss to the Terriers at the Fordham Holiday Classic in the Bronx, N.Y.

Though Navy lost a second straight close game, its coach was more satisfied with the effort than she was in Thursday’s four-point loss to the tournament host.

“We played like we wanted to win this game more than we did yesterday,” Navy Coach Stefanie Pemper said. “We have to bring that every game. This was a game very similar to a Patriot League game. Boston returns four starters from last year’s team that played in their conference tournament championship game. They are a very solid program.”

Navy (6-7) led for much of the first half and was up, 28-27, at halftime. The Mids were up two until sophomore forward Audrey Bauer committed her third foul with 18 minutes 50 seconds remaining.

Sophomore guard Kara Pollinger had 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists for Navy.

For BU, sophomore forward Rashidat Agboola had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

HOWARD 66, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 56: In Teaneck, N.J., junior guard Tamoria Holmes scored 14 points to lead the Bison (8-5) to a win over the Knights (5-9).

Howard extended its winning streak to seven games.

CATHOLIC 56, THIEL 41: Junior guard Jill Woerner had 15 points, nine rebounds and six steals as the Cardinals (9-1) beat the visiting Tomcats (2-8) in the CUA Holiday Tournament.

Catholic, which has won nine in a row, will host Washington College at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the championship game.

 
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