George Mason kept giving, so Iowa center Greg Stokes kept taking until he had a career-high 35 points and his team had a 111-82 victory today over the Patriots.
Guard Ricky Wilson brought George Mason (2-1) within 10 points early in the second half, but Stokes scored 12 points in seven minutes to put Iowa (4-0) ahead by 18.
"I didn't really want to go out and score this much, but they didn't do anything to stop me," said Stokes, a 6-foot-10 senior. "They just kept giving me a step at the top of the key."
Iowa's other front line starters, 6-foot-11 Michael Payne and 6-8 Gerry Wright, had 16 and 14 points, respectively, as the Hawkeyes made use of their height advantage. The Patriots' tallest starter was 6-7 Vince McQueen.
"We thought we'd have enough quickness to stay with them," said George Mason's Brian Miller, a 6-foot-4 freshman guard from Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Va. "But their size was just too much. They just beat us on the boards."
Iowa's rebounding margin was 57-44.
With Iowa leading, 21-18, eight minutes into the game, Wright scored on a dunk and following a George Mason turnover, the Hawkeyes took four shots before Payne scored. Those baskets started Iowa on a seven-minute, 21-6 run in which it took a 42-24 lead.
A pair of baskets by Wilson (21 points) at the end of the first half cut Iowa's lead to 50-38, and Wilson's jump shot at the start of the second half made it 50-40. Stokes then took over. Iowa led by as many as 35 points in the closing minutes.
Miller and forward Rob Rose each had 13 points for George Mason, but forward Carlos Yates made only four of 16 shots and finished with 11 points. Yates had averaged 23.5 in the Patriots' first two games.
"I was getting the shots I wanted," Yates said, "but they had two people in my face every time and they are a lot bigger than we're used to seeing in the ECAC."