George Mason recouped nearly all of a 14-point halftime deficit against Richmond, but the Spiders regrouped for a 75-62 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Patriots last night in front of 4,817 at Patriot Center.
George Mason (7-13, 4-4) had beaten Richmond (12-8, 5-3) in a Jan. 7 game at Richmond, 77-69.
Tim Weathers led the Spiders with a career-high 20 points.
Mike Hargett scored 20 for the Patriots, Byron Tucker had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Robert Dykes scored 16 points.
Trailing by 41-27, George Mason used a 20-9 burst to open the second half, closing to 50-47 with nine minutes left. Jim Shields then scored from inside for six of his seven second-half points (12 overall) during a four-minute stretch, propelling Richmond to a nine-point advantage, 58-49, with 5:15 to play.
Kenny Wood put in seven straight Spiders points and Richmond had a 12-point lead, 65-53, with 3:01 remaining.
Richmond's final 11 points came on free throws, the Spiders making 11 of 14 shots. For the game, they were 22 of 29 from the line. An even more telling statistic was Richmond's 19-8 advantage in turnovers.
In the first half, the Spiders took an 11-point lead in the opening seven minutes en route to their halftime lead.
But in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second half, their scoring went into deep freeze. At 16:14, the score was 45-29 and Richmond was held to just five points over the next seven minutes.
At 13:00, Kenny Johnson hit a 10-foot jumper for George Mason and Hargett scored on a three-pointer, then stole the ball and hit a two-pointer. Dykes hit two free throws and Tucker followed a Hargett miss, bringing the Patriots to 50-47.
James Madison 67, William and Mary 63:
In Williamsburg, Chancellor Nichols scored 17 points and the Dukes (14-6, 8-0 CAA) held off the Tribe (10-10, 3-5).
William and Mary tied the score three times in the first half. James Madison led 38-28 at halftime and increased the lead to 47-34 with 15:15 to go on a layup by Fess Irvin (10 points).
But Brendan Connor drove the length of the floor to spark an 11-4 Tribe run that gave the Tribe its only lead, 59-57, with 4:49 to play. Irvin's layup evened the score.
Billy Coles (15) hit three free throws for the Dukes and the Tribe's Thomas Roberts scored a field goal to make it 62-61 with 2:52 to play.