George Mason Vs. Drexel: Patriots' 18-Game CAA Win Streak Snapped With 60-53 Loss

George Mason's 18-game regular-season CAA winning streak was snapped with a 60-53 road loss to Drexel.

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George Mason Vs. Drexel Final Score: Patriots Conference Win Streak Snapped In 60-53 Loss To Dragons

After leading for much of the second half on Thursday night, the George Mason Patriots lost their first regular season conference game in over a year, falling 60-53 to the Drexel Dragons. A couple freshman announced their presence to the CAA during the game, but it was the Dragons' Damion Lee who caught absolute fire in the final five minutes to seal the win. The freshman from Baltimore hit a triple with four and half minutes to give Drexel the lead. He would then hit back-to-back threes on subsequent possessions just a minute later to work the DAC crowd into a frenzy and give Drexel a five-point lead. He finished with a game-high 21 points.

Sparking an impressive first half defensive effort for Mason was freshman Erik Copes. The Philly native had seven blocks in the first twenty minutes but it would end there - three shy of the GMU single-game record. Mike Morrison led the Patriots with ten points but he was the only man in double figures for Paul Hewitt's squad. Ryan Pearson had a season-low 7 points, and GMU's 18 game conference win streak was snapped. They will look to start a new one this weekend when they travel to James Madison on Saturday night.

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George Mason Vs. Drexel: Seven Blocks By Erik Copes Spark Impressive Patriot Defensive Effort And Five-Point Halftime Lead

After twenty minutes at the DAC in Philadelphia, the George Mason Patriots lead the Drexel Dragons 27-22. It's a low-scoring game and the most exciting portion of the first half for Mason fans has to be the defensive presence of freshman Erik Copes. Playing in his hometown, Copes had an amazing seven blocks in the first half, already three shy of the single game school record with a half to play. Copes was part of a defensive effort that held the Dragons to just six points over the first ten plus minutes of the game. Drexel is just one of six from behind the arc as they struggled to mount much offense.

Along with Copes off the bench on the defensive end, fellow freshman Vaughn Gray came off the bench to lead GMU on the offensive end. Gray had six quick points, drilling two threes to help Mason build its five-point halftime lead. The Patriots will look to hold on in the second half and improve to 5-0 in the CAA.

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George Mason Vs. Drexel Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The George Mason Patriots put their four-game winning streak Thursday night when they take on the Drexel Dragons in a CAA showdown. Drexel has won eight of its last nine games and has yet to lose at home during the 2011/12 season, so it presents a formidable challenge for the Patriots.

George Mason leads the all-time time series with Drexel, 12-6, and it thumped the Dragons, 71-47, in the 2010/11 season's meeting. In addition, it's won 18 straight regular-season CAA games, a record it set Saturday in its 61-58 win against the Georgia St. Panthers.

Here's everything you need to know about Thursday's game between George Mason and Drexel:

Game Date/Time: Thursday, January 12; 8:00pm ET

Location: Daskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia, PA

TV Schedule
National: Rich Hollenberg and Tim Welsh have the call on ESPNU

Radio Schedule
George Mason: GoMason.com
Drexel: DrexelDragons.com

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George Mason Vs. Drexel: Patriots Can Extend CAA-Record Win Streak To 19 Against Resurgent Dragons

George Mason has won 10 out of 12 and Drexel prevailed in eight of its last nine, but something has to give Thursday when the two CAA powers meet in Philadelphia.

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