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Campbell, George Mason Knock Off Holy Cross

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Folarin Campbell scored 18 points, including five in a decisive 9-1 first-half run, to lead George Mason to a 58-46 victory over Holy Cross last night in Worcester, Mass.

Campbell then helped clinch the game for George Mason (5-4) after the Crusaders made a second-half run.

Tim Clifford scored 12 to lead Holy Cross (6-5), which lost its fourth straight. Holy Cross played without three injured players, including starting guard Pat Doherty.

With 7 minutes 40 seconds left in the first half, the Patriots' Dre Smith and Torey Thomas of Holy Cross exchanged three-point field goals to give George Mason a 13-12 lead. The Patriots then forced two turnovers and two misses and Campbell scored five points, including a three-point field goal, to make it 22-12. The Patriots led 29-22 at the half.

Down 32-22, Clifford scored seven straight points to key a 10-3 run. Clifford's three-point field goal and a layup by Keith Simmons brought Holy Cross within 43-41 with 7:35 left.

After an Alex Vander Baan miss, Smith scored and added a free throw and the Patriots put the game way with a 12-4 run as Campbell scored seven points.

George Mason's Louis Birdsong had a game-high 11 rebounds.

· VIRGINIA 59, PUERTO RICO-MAYAGUEZ 52: Adrian Joseph scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Cavaliers in a contest for seventh place at the San Juan Shootout in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

Joseph hit a three-pointer early in the second half that put the Cavaliers ahead 32-30, and the Tarzans never reclaimed the lead.

Mayaguez (0-9) took an early 10-2 lead, but Virginia answered with an 18-2 run over a 6:09 stretch. Virginia led 29-28 at halftime.

J.R. Reynolds scored nine points with eight rebounds and six assists for Virginia (7-3). Will Harris scored nine points, and Luaryna Mikalauskas added eight.

Mayaguez's Diego Garcia scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

· PORTLAND ST. 78, HOWARD 49: Scott Morrison scored 16 points and Paul Hafford added 15 off the bench for the Vikings (9-4), who have won five of their last six games and are 6-0 at Stott Center.

Darryl Hudson led Howard (5-7) with 12 points. Stanley Greene added 10 points for the Bison.

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