Jeff Pehl scored 19 points and four other Spiders reached double figures as Richmond dominated the second half and defeated George Mason, 68-59, tonight before 3,068 fans at Robins Center.
Forced to depend on a three-man offense of Carlos Yates (23 points), Andre Gaddy (20 points) and Andy Bolden (seven points), the Patriots dropped their fifth game in eight and fell to 11-12 for the season. It was also Mason's third straight loss to Richmond in as many years.
The Patriots led at the half, 20-19, because of a Gaddy turnaround jumper with time expiring. Gaddy and Yates scored eight points each in the period.
Richmond (15-9) took the lead for good on its first possession of the second half, 19 seconds elapsed, when Kelvin Johnson, a freshman from De Matha High School, made a driving layup. That started a 14-4 Spider run to a 33-24 spread with 15:45 remaining.
The closest the Patriots came after that was 59-53, when Gaddy put in an offensive rebound with 2:17 remaining.
Besides Pehl's 19 points and Johnson's 11, Tom Bethea scored 13 and Bill Frye and John Schweitz 10 each for the hosts.