WILLIAMSBURG, VA., FEB. 17 -- Center Tim Trout and guard Jimmy Apple scored career-highs of 28 and 26 points, respectively, to lead William and Mary past George Mason, 86-68, in a Colonial Athletic Association game tonight.

The loss dropped the Patriots (16-8, 7-4) into a second-place tie in the CAA with American, both trailing conference leader Richmond, which defeated James Madison, 69-55, in Richmond.

Trout and Apple made it tough for the Patriots' defense. Trout made 11 of 14 shots from close range and Apple converted 11 of 13 from the outside. Apple, a freshman guard, also made three of four from three-point range.

The Tribe (8-16, 4-7) shot 61.5 percent in the first half but could only build a four-point lead, as George Mason scored the last six points.

Forward Kenny Sanders led the Patriots with 24 points and 14 rebounds, shooting 11 of 13 from the floor. Davis added 18 points, but the normally hot-shooting Patriots were cold from three-point range, hitting only four of 17. GEORGE MASON Min FG FT R A PF T Sanders 40 11-13 2-3 14 0 2 24 Miller 35 1-7 0-0 3 2 3 3 Dykes 16 1-1 0-0 2 1 2 2

Halftime: William and Mary, 37-33.

Three-point shots: George Mason 4-17 (Miller 1-6, Davis 3-6, Smith 0-3, Satterthwaite 0-2); William and Mar

Attendance: 3,651.