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Patriots' Campbell Leads Rout Over Tribe

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 30, 2005; Page E06

At one point during the second half of George Mason's 95-62 victory over William & Mary yesterday, reserve forward Folarin Campbell made a three-pointer from the top of the key and jogged downcourt flashing a "Who, me?" smile.

It was that kind of day for George Mason (10-8, 5-4 Colonial Athletic Association), which won its third straight, and for Campbell, a freshman who made all eight of his shots from the field and finished with a career-high 23 points.

Junior point guard Tony Skinn had 21 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, giving him his first career double-double. Junior guard Lamar Butler scored 18 points and junior forward Jai Lewis scored 11 on 5-of-9 shooting.

George Mason beat overmatched William & Mary (5-13, 1-8) in every possible way before 5,467 at Patriot Center. The Patriots shot 61 percent to the Tribe's 39 percent, held a 36-23 rebounding advantage and made 12 of 15 free throws.

The Patriots didn't trail after Gabe Norwood made a layup to give them a 20-18 lead with 9 minutes 38 seconds left in the first half, and they shot an incredible 73 percent from the field during the second half.

"We just got pounded, not much else you can say," William & Mary Coach Tony Shaver said. "They were really clicking today."

Asked what jumped out at him as he glanced at a stat sheet following the game, Skinn's eyes examined the piece of paper before he responded.

Folarin "went 8 for 8," Skinn said. "It seemed like it was everyone's night out there. He hit shots, I hit shots, Lamar hit shots. Everybody hit shots."

Just three days after making 14 of 20 three-point attempts in a victory over Hofstra, George Mason hit 13 of 25 against William & Mary.

Skinn and Campbell combined to make seven three-pointers, and each had a big role in staking the Patriots to a 45-30 halftime lead.

Skinn hit his first two three-point attempts and ended the half with a three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to finish with 15 first-half points. Campbell made all four of his first-half shots, including two three-pointers and hit three of four free throws on his way to 13 first-half points.

Campbell had scored more than nine points in a game only once all season.

George Mason picked up where it left off to start to the second half, scoring on six of its first seven possessions. The prettiest bucket came off a fast break.

Norwood dribbled down the right side, drew the defense and lofted a perfect alley-oop pass to Skinn, who threw down a two-handed dunk to give the Patriots a 56-37 lead.

After scoring on its first three second-half possessions, William & Mary fell apart. Shaver became so frustrated with what he was seeing that he emptied his bench.

"You're not going to see many games when you shoot [73] percent in a half," George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga said. "We just played really, really well today."

George Mason will try to run its winning streak to a season-high four games when it hosts Delaware tomorrow night. In the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 12, Delaware pulled out an 81-78 overtime victory.

There are signs that Delaware will see a different George Mason team this time. Skinn appears to have recovered from a broken wrist that limited him earlier in the season, freshmen Campbell, Will Thomas and John Vaughan have improved and Butler continues to shoot with confidence.

"Our freshmen are now more experienced, have developed more confidence and are getting more playing time which adds to that confidence," Larranaga said. "And we're healthier than we've ever been."

• BETHUNE-COOKMAN 71, HOWARD 46: Antonio Webb (Paul VI Catholic) scored 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting to lead the Wildcats (8-10, 5-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) over the Bison before 1,050 at Burr Gymnasium. Sophomore guard Will Gant was the only player in double figures for Howard (5-12, 2-6), which lost its sixth straight. The Bison shot just 24 percent from the field and 18 percent from three-point range.

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