Jai Lewis had a season-high 24 points and nine rebounds to lead George Mason to an 81-69 victory over Radford last night at Patriot Center.
The Patriots (5-3) took a 41-33 halftime advantage and opened the second half with a 9-0 run en route to their fourth win in five games. The Highlanders fell to 6-4 in the first contest between the schools since 1993.
George Mason worked the ball inside early to the 6-foot-7, 275-pound Lewis, then turned to Folarin Campbell (19 points) when Lewis was forced to the bench midway through the first half after picking up his second foul. Lewis and Campbell combined to score 20 of the Patriots' first 21 points.
George Mason shot 56 percent largely because of its ability to get high-percentage shots inside, finishing with a 40-18 scoring advantage over the Highlanders in the lane.
Lamar Butler added 15 points, with three three-pointers. Tony Skinn was held scoreless in the first half and finished with six points.
* AMERICAN 74, TOWSON 70: Garrison Carr scored a career-high 25 points and made six three-pointers to lead the Eagles at Bender Arena.
American (2-6) won its second straight game by making a school-record 15 three-pointers on 31 attempts. Andre Ingram scored all 15 of his points on three-pointers and Brayden Billbe added 10 points.
Lawrence Hamm scored 20 points for Towson (3-4), surpassing 1,000 for his career.
* VIRGINIA TECH 73, ST. JOHN'S 64: Coleman Collins scored 21 points and Zabian Dowdell added 18 to lead the Hokies at home.
Collins hit six breakaway dunks, three straight in the second half. The Red Storm (5-2) kept Collins off the boards, but he hit 9 of 13 shots, mostly in transition. Markus Sailes added 11 points and Deron Washington 10 for Virginia Tech (7-3).
* HOWARD 79, MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE 68: Darryl Hudson scored 19 points, Darek Mitchell added 12 and Will Gant 11 as the host Bison gained their first victory of the season and ended a 21-game losing streak.
Howard (1-4, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) led 41-32 at halftime. Tim Parham had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Shore Hawks (2-7, 0-1).
* SALEM INTERNATIONAL 89, BOWIE ST. 87: Aleksander Zmijanjac's layup with one second remaining in overtime gave the visiting Tigers (3-4) a victory over the Bulldogs (5-3).
Derick Payne had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead Bowie State.
* DAVIDSON 80, CATHOLIC 56: Brendan Winters scored 16 points to lead the host Wildcats.
Davidson (5-2) held the Cardinals (6-2) to 4-of-25 shooting, at one point building a 30-11 lead. Shane Sowden led Catholic with 19 points.