With George Mason leading Central Florida by 16 points with 12:50 left in the first half last night at Patriot Center, the only questions remaining were: Would Mason score 100 points and would junior forward Kenny Sanders score the 20 points he needed to reach 1,000 for his career?

After a little bit of added drama, the answers were yes and yes. The Patriots (4-2) set the Patriot Center's single-game scoring record and matched their best single-game output since joining Division I in 1978-79 with a 113-86 victory over the Knights (1-5), who were without four of their top eight players.

The previous Patriot Center record was 107 points Mason scored Dec. 3 against UNC-Greensboro.

Sanders, who was one point shy of the milestone when Coach Rick Barnes took him out after he was called for a technical foul with 14:54 to play, returned with 9:26 left and reached 1,001 career points with a pair of free throws 1:58 later. He then departed for the night, with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

"I wasn't going to put him back in," said Barnes, who also got 22 points and eight assists from guard Amp Davis and 20 points from guard Earl Moore. "He had done what he needed to do."

Davis apparently convinced Barnes that wasn't the case.

"{Davis} got me back into the game," said Sanders, a graduate of Washington, D.C.'s McKinley Tech. Said Barnes: "I just wanted to get it over with. He'll score a lot more here."

After Sanders scored his 1,000th point, the game was stopped and an announcement was made. The crowd clapped and Sanders, who grinned and joined in the applause, received handshakes from Patriots, from Knights and even from one of the referees. However, he did not receive the basketball.

"Yeah, well, you know," Sanders said. "I can't complain."

Surprisingly, neither did Central Florida Coach Phil Carter.

"I was very disappointed with the first 10 minutes, but all in all we didn't do that bad a job based on what I expected," said Carter, whose team's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, 6-foot-7 senior forward Pat Crocklin, didn't play because he broke his nose Saturday in an 85-57 loss at Maryland-Baltimore County.

Also missing for Central Florida were guard Ed Bester (academically ineligible this semester), guard Jeff Davis and forward Ben Martin (mid-term transfers). Box score, Page E5