Freshman Kenny Sanders scored a career-high 33 points and senior Rob Rose provided 24, including 16 free throws without a miss, to lead George Mason over North Carolina-Wilmington, 88-77, in a Colonial Athletic Association game tonight before 1,670 at Trask Coliseum.
Sanders, a forward from Washington's McKinley Tech making his first start for George Mason, scored 20 points in the first half, when the Patriots built a 40-29 lead. For the night, he went 13 for 17 from the field and seven for 11 from the foul line as the Patriots improved to 10-9 overall and 4-3 in the CAA while dropping the Seahawks to 12-8, 3-4.
Mason ran its lead to 66-50 with 6:04 remaining, but UNC-Wilmington responded with an 18-7 drive to pull within 73-68 with 1:24 remaining.
UNC-Wilmington, forced to foul, sent Rose frequently to the line. Rose, an 83 percent free throw shooter for the season, made 10 of them down the stretch and established an arena record by going 16 for 16 from the line.
Junior center Brian Rowsom scored 23 points and senior Bobby Jo Springer 16 for UNC-Wilmington.
Mason made 36 of 45 free throws to 15 of 19 for the more deliberate Seahawks. Freshman Earl Moore from Cardozo (D.C.) High was Mason's third-leading scorer with 10 points.
*William & Mary 76, American 63: Scott Coval and Tim Trout each scored 17 points to lead the Indians at William and Mary Hall in Williamsburg.
The Indians (5-12, 1-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association) got a further lift from Greg Burzell's 11 points, all in the final six minutes. American (7-11, 1-7) was led by junior guard Frank Ross' 33 points, 18 in the second half.
William and Mary shot 61 percent for the game and led, 29-22, at the half. American cut the margin to 53-47 with six minutes to go, but W&M outscored the Eagles 9-2 over the next two minutes and AU never threatened again.
The Eagles shot 35.7 percent from the floor in the first half and 55.2 in the second for a game average of 45.6.
American led, 14-12, only to have the Indians make a run to forge in front, 23-14, with five minutes left in the half.
With AU trailing, 31-24, two minutes into the second half, Ross scored 17 of American's next 21 points to pull the Eagles within 50-45. Burzell then missed the second of a one-and-one but Scott Coval was fouled on the rebound and converted both shots to make it 53-45.
In the final five minutes, William and Mary held the Eagles to five points.
*Catholic 80, Roanoke 76: Guard John Winkler scored 23 points, Rob McCarry 17 and Bob Burns 16 as the Cardinals (12-7) defeated the Maroons (9-8) at Roanoke's C. Homer Bast Center. Taylor Livick led the Maroons with 21 points. Charles Thompson had 12 for CU.