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)
George Mason struggled early, but ripped off a 26-2 run to take control and defeat William & Mary at home.
George Mason was challenged early by William & Mary, but ripped off an 26-2 run at the end of the first and beginning of the second half to eventually pull away for a 70-56 victory in their second CAA game of the year. The Patriots move to 10-4 and 2-0 in the CAA with the win, while William & Mary falls to 2-12 and 0-2 in the conference.
Things didn't look good for the Patriots early on in the game. The lowly Tribe took it to them early, taking a 29-22 lead on George Mason's home floor with 3:01 remaining in the first half. It was at that point when the Patriots finally started to play. They closed the first half on a 9-2 run, then scored the first 17 points of the second half to take a 48-31 lead with 14:10 remaining in the game.
Andre Cornelius led the way for George Mason with 20 points, while Marcus Thornton scored a game-high 23 points in a losing effort for William & Mary.