George Mason University set three team records last night against Morgan State, winning by 113-72 before 1,852 fans at George Mason Gymnasium.
On a night when some thought that George Mason's talented swingman, Carlos Yates, might set scoring records, he came up short, although he had a game-high 22 points.
But the Patriots did break the school's Division I single-game scoring record on their way to their fifth straight victory and their seventh in their last 10 games. Their 66-point second-half also broke the record of 54, recorded twice in 1983. Moreover, the 41-point margin of victory beat their old record of 38 set in 1982.
But then Morgan State (2-19), in its first year of Division I play, has been on the wrong side of many such feats. The Golden Bears have one sophomore and 11 freshmen on their roster. They shot 34 percent (25-73) from the field and missed 11 of 27 second-half foul shots. The Patriots outrebounded them, 59-38, and shot 65 percent from the floor against a sieve-like trapping defense.
After the game, Yates was a model of humility. "I really didn't think about that (individual record)," he said. "If I break the record, I want to do it against a team like James Madison. But I better not say that because they come in here Saturday night. Let's just say that for the first time in the history of the school, we have a great opportunity to win the conference."
"It was a good chance for us to see players play who haven't played so much," Mason's coach, Joe Harrington, said. "Darren (Satterthwaite) did a decent job and (Vincent) McQueen did some things for us.
Mason started slowly. After 4:36, the score was tied, 4-4. But then Mason twice had eight-point rallies, split by Tom Foster's two foul shots, to go ahead at 20-6 with 13:33 remaining.
Mason's Ricky Wilson, who finished with 16 points and six assists, led Mason in the first half with 12 points.
Mason pushed the lead to 21, its largest of the first half, when senior Mike Yohe made a lay-in with 12 seconds remaining in the half.
Harrington emptied his bench in the second half as the Patriots built a lead of 30 points on Bryan Miller's jump shot with 12:55 remaining in the game.
Mason broke 100 and led, 101-60, when Vincent McQueen dunked the ball off Yohe's assist.