The George Mason Patriots improved to 3-0 in conference play with a big 63-54 road win over the Old Dominion Monarchs on Thursday night. GMU spread the wealth with double digit contributions from four of Mason's five starters. Bryon Allen was huge down the stretch for the Patriots, hitting crucial free throws and grabbing a key long rebound as the powerful guard continues to improve for Paul Hewitt. Allen finished as the second leading scorer for GMU, finishing with 14 points and a perfect six of six from the line.
It was the first time seniors Ryan Pearson and Mike Morrison had won in Norfolk. Pearson led the Patriots with 16 points and cleaned up on the glass as well, grabbing 14 rebounds against ODU's front line. Morrison chipped in with 10 points and grabbed nine boards of his own.
The Monarchs were plagued by poor free-throw shooting, hitting a woeful 12 of 25 attempts from the charity stripe. It was a great win for Hewitt in what was his first real test in the CAA. Undefeated in conference play, Mason now returns to the Patriot Center this weekend for a matchup with Georgia State
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