George Mason hopes its zone defense will be able to hinder George Washington's inside game tonight when the Patriots meet the Colonials at GW's Smith Center at 8 o'clock.

The freshmen-dominated Patriots, 6-9, will be concentrating on eliminating the high number of turnovers and free-throw problems that have beset the team this season.

Head Coach John Linn said yesterday that there have been 338 turnovers this season and that the Patriots have made only 161 of 295 free throws. The Patriots have lost games in which they outshot their opponents from the field.

"We've been having a little trouble on turning the ball over so we're going to work hard on making them beat us," Linn said of the 9-5 Colonials.

Many of the Patriots' losses have come in the last few seconds of their games, the margins of defeat often being two points. They have not lost by more than nine points.

Forward Riley Clorida, a 6-foot-6 freshman, is the Patriots' high scorer, averaging 14.7 points per game. In the last four games, he's averaged 20 points.

The Washington Post incorrectly reported in yesterday's editions that the Colonials-Patriots match was to be last night. The paper regrets any inconveniences the report may have caused.