George Mason limited Brooklyn College to five first-half field goals and Carlos Yates scored 22 points as the Patriots coasted, 78-40, last night in Fairfax.

George Mason (4-2) used an aggressive defense under the basket and employed traps to force 15 turnovers.

The Patriots took advantage of the turnovers with a quick transition game, getting off shots before Brooklyn could set up its zone. Both teams shot poorly in the first half as George Mason shot 37 percent from the field and Brooklyn shot 38.

Brooklyn (4-4), which has last four in a row, led, 8-4, with 16:34 left in the first half. Over the next 11 minutes, however, the visitors managed only one field goal, while Yates scored 10 points and Mike Yohe, who finished with a career-high 13, had seven to put George Mason up, 25-10.

Brooklyn's Rick Micallef made a 12-foot jumper with 5:59 left in the half to cut the score to 27-14. It was the Kingmen's last field goal until there was 11:59 left in the game.

The only bright spot for Brooklyn College was four blocked shots by 6-foot-6 forward Rick Davis.