CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20: Ryan Pearson #24 of the George Mason Patriots reacts after a foul is called on Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the third of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rhode Island Vs. George Mason: Patriots Open Season With Thrilling Overtime Win Over Rams

George Mason will begin its 2011-12 season at home against Rhode Island on Friday night.

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Rhode Island Vs. George Mason: Patriots Open Season With Thrilling Overtime Win Over Rhode Island

The George Mason Patriots certainly didn’t waste any time giving their fans some thrills at the Patriot Center in Fairfax. It took an overtime session against the Rhode Island Rams for Mason to secure their first win of the season, a narrow two point victory in an offensive 92-90 shootout.

The Patriots and Rams were even all night, tied at both the end of the first half and the end of regulation. Ryan Pearson, Mason’s senior leader, was dynamite all night shooting 50% from the field for a team-leading 28 points. After a sluggish first half, he lit up in the second to keep Mason in the game. In addition to Pearson, the Patriots had three others in double figures, with Sherrod Wright and Vertrail Vauhgns chipping in with 17 a piece, and senior Mike Morrison adding 11 on just seven shots.

Mason’s defense was certainly a weak spot on Friday night, particularly at the guard spots. Rhode Island’s Jamal Wilson carved up Mason’s guards for 38 points. Paul Hewitt prefers an uptempo style with lots of scoring, but Mason’s defense will need to be shored up.

The Rams, however, are not a cupcake and a win is a win. It was an electric way to start the season. The Patriots will next host FIU and Isiah Thomas on Monday night.

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Rhode Island Vs. George Mason: Patriots Begin 2011-12 Season Vs. Atlantic 10 Foe

George Mason will begin its 2011-12 season at home against Rhode Island on Friday night.

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