George Mason held William and Mary to two points through the first 9:44 and went on to lead by 25 en route to a 67-54 Colonial Athletic Association victory last night before 2,417 at Patriot Center. It was Coach Joe Harrington's 100th career victory.
The victory was only George Mason's second in its last 13 games against William and Mary.
The Patriots overcame the absence of forward Kenny Sanders and point guard Earl Moore, two of their better players. Sanders sat out the game with the flu and Moore, who missed a tutorial session yesterday, was suspended for one game.
Darrin Moseley scored 15 points to lead the Patriots (9-8 overall, 3-2 in the CAA). The Indians, who graduated four straters from last year's 16-12 team, fell to 3-11, 0-5.
"The 100th win seemed like a long time coming," said Harrington, whose record of 100-82 includes one season at Hofstra and six at George Mason. "I don't see how someone like Maryland Coach Charles G. Driesell stays around long enough to get 500."
From the game's opening minutes, when George Mason built a 20-4 lead on Ricky Wilson's eight points and the Indians' one-of-seven shooting, the outcome never was in doubt. The Patriots extended the advantage to 22 points before going into halftime with a 37-17 lead.
William and Mary committed 18 turnovers in the first half and shot 38 percent from the field. The Indians also were badly outrebounded on the offensive boards, 8-2.
"We stunk the place out in the first half," said Indians Coach Barry Parkhill. "You can't turn the ball over 18 times and still expect to be in the game. Not to take anything away from George Mason, but we gave the game to them."
The Patriots also got 13 points from Rob Rose and 11 apiece from Wilson and Mike Dufrene. George Mason shot 60 percent in the first half and 56 percent for the game.
William and Mary placed only one player, guard Scott Coval (10 points), in double figures and narrowed the losing margin against Mason's inexperienced bench.
"We needed a game like this to try and establish some momentum and continuity," said Harrington, whose team was outscored, 10-3, over the last 3:52. "I hope we're finally on a roll as a team."
*Catholic 77, Kings College 75: Junior guard Rob McCarry scored 17 points to lead the Cardinals (9-6) over Kings College (10-3) at the Raymond A. Dufour Center. It was the seventh straight homecourt win for the Cardinals.
Junior guard Charlie Thompson scored 15 points and senior center Bobby Burns had 12 for Catholic.
*Wesley 67, Montgomery-Rockville 62: Ken Milbourne scored 12 points to lead the Wolverines (9-0) over the Knights (5-6) at Rockville. Sophomore Lorenzo Gill scored 30 points for the Knights.
*Mount St. Mary's 78, Shippensburg 61: In Emmitsburg, Md., Paul Edwards scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as the Mountaineers (12-2) won their seventh straight at home and eighth straight overall.
Steve Korr led Shippensburg (9-5) with 14 points.
*St. Paul's 74, Bowie State 58: Lawrence Walden scored 15 points to lead five St. Paul's players in double figures as the Tigers (10-7, 5-5) defeated visiting Bowie State in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association game.
Vincent Sewell scored 18 points for the Bulldogs (1-12, 1-7) and Charles Peterson had 14.