George Mason hit 29 of 35 free throws to roll to an 81-69 ECAC South victory over host East Carolina tonight.

The Patriots (6-5, 2-1) returned to their familiar run-and-gun offense after losing to UNC-Wilmington on Saturday.

George Mason was led by Ricky Wilson, who scored 20 points on six-for-11 shooting from the field and eight-of-10 shooting from the foul line.

Carlos Yates scored 18 points, 10 from the foul line, to move within 14 points of the 2,000-point plateau.

Freshman reserve Brian Miller scored 18 points, making seven of 10 field goal attempts, and junior Rob Rose had 12 points.

The Patriots hit 53 percent from the floor, including 68 percent in the second half.

The Patriots made 22 of their free throws in the second half, when East Carolina (5-5, 0-1) was forced to foul to catch up.

George Mason led throughout, although the Pirates rallied late in the second half.

East Carolina's Derrick Battle scored to cut Mason's lead to 63-58 with 6:03 left. But Miller hit two long jumpers and Wilson made six free throws to keep the Patriots comfortably ahead.

"We lost here last year and that might have hurt our chances for an NIT bid," Yates said. "We had that on our minds coming in."