Carlos Yates scored a career-high 35 points to lead George Mason to a 91-80 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore before 1,850 last night at George Mason.
Yates came into the game the seventh-leading scorer in Division I with a 25.8 per-game average. The Patriots needed his scoring last night.
George Mason (5-2) blew a 38-22 lead in the first half. Over the next seven minutes, UMES outscored George Mason, 21-7, and took the lead, 44-43, on a basket by Donnel Boney. Yates, who had 21 points in the first half, scored only three in that seven-minute stretch.
The Hawks led by five early in the second half, but George Mason went on a 12-1 run to take a 62-57 lead on a three-point play by Ricky Wilson. Yates broke his previous record of 28 points with 9:50 remaining in the game.
George Mason extended its lead to 75-63 with 8:43 left. Then five straight points by Ricky Alton, a graduate of Fort Hunt High, and a basket by Gerald Best, a graduate of Coolidge, cut the lead to 76-70.
George Mason scored 10 straight points to put UMES (1-7) away. After that, UMES came within 10 once, on an off-balance shot by Alston.
"We got very selfish as a team. They shot the lights out as a team," said George Mason Coach Joe Harrington. "They are the best fast-breaking team we've played all year."
"I played a little harder than I normally do," said Yates. "I wasn't concerned about the record. I just wanted to win."
Rob Rose scored 18 points for George Mason and Ricky Dillard had 12. Boney scored 23 for UMES.