Seniors Ricky Wilson and Rob Rose each scored 17 points as George Mason broke a two-game losing streak by beating Bucknell, 74-57, in a college basketball game tonight before 1,100 at Davis Gymnasium.
Mason, which lost back-to-back games to Georgetown and Boston University earlier in the week, improved to 3-3. Bucknell is 2-3.
George Mason built a 15-point lead, 33-18, with 4:12 remaining in the first half following a dunk by the 6-6 Rose. Bucknell, which outrebounded George Mason, 46-30, but shot only 37 percent compared with Mason's 51 percent, never got closer than seven points thereafter.
George Mason's lead reached 22 points with 1:35 remaining in the game, after a hook shot by Mike Defrene. Mason converted 18 of 26 free throws, compared with nine of 13 for Bucknell.
George Mason, which had superior quickness, had 11 turnovers to 16 for Bucknell. Mason had 20 turnovers against Georgetown and the same number against Boston U.
*Lafayette 66, Howard 57: Gary Bennett scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and Ron Reynolds had 15 of his 17 points after intermission to help the Leopards to a come-from-behind victory in the consolation game of the Manufacturer's Hanover Classic at Iona.
In a later game, Iona played Gonzaga, which beat Howard in overtime, 62-60, Friday night, for the championship.
Howard, which fell to 0-3, took a 23-20 halftime lead, but the Leopards (4-2) scored the first eight points of the second half, six of them by Bennett, to a take 28-23 lead. Howard then rallied behind Derek Caracciolo (15 of his 17 points were in the second half) to tie the game at 30.
The lead changed hands several times before Reynolds began to dominate with his outside shooting.
Lafayette opened a 62-51 lead and was never threatened. Howard was led by Caracciolo and guard Fred Hill, who had 12 points and four assists.
*VPI 78, VCU 52: Dell Curry scored 28 points and had eight assists and five steals -- all game highs -- to lead Virginia Tech to the victory at home.
Curry, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, also got six rebounds as the Hokies improved to 5-1. Virginia Commonwealth, making good on only 20 of its 65 field-goal attempts, fell to 1-3.
The Hokies took their biggest lead of the game with 4:33 to play when Curry's layup made it 73-43.
Keith Colbert finished with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds and Bobby Beecher contributed 11 points for the Hokies.
VCU's only player in double figures was Nicky Jones, with 27 points.
*Towson State 57, James Madison 53: Sophomore guard Michael Fink scored a career-high 14 points, including four straight free throws near the end, to lead the host Tigers to the victory.