HARRISONBURG, VA., JAN. 30 -- George Mason spoiled Tom McCorry's debut as James Madison basketball coach with an 86-66 victory over the Dukes. McCorry was named interim coach after John Thurston announced his resignation Friday.
The Patriots (12-16, 5-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association) started off slowly, and trailed by nine points at 18:07. But in the next seven minutes they outscored the Dukes (6-12, 2-5 CAA) by 15-6, aided by four three-point shots.
For the game, George Mason hit 11 three-pointers. The Patriots, who are averaging 7.7 three-pointers a game, were 11 for 17 from that range.
"They got some easy baskets. But the way we play, we are going to give up some," said Patriots Coach Rick Barnes. "Offensively, we were forcing it inside. They forced us to go outside and, fortunately, we hit them."
The Patriots had five players in double digits. They were led by McKinley Tech graduate Kenny Sanders' 10 rebounds and game-high 20 points. Sanders entered the game leading the CAA in both rebounding (11.1) and scoring (21.9).
Said McCorry: "The players are not used to what I want. We haven't had any time to work on it and that's certainly not their fault. We want to win as many games as possible and get better each game."
The series between the in-state rival dates to 1967 and stands at 26-11 with James Madison leading. This was only the fourth time George Mason has beaten the Dukes in Harrisonburg.