It wasn't easy, but the George Mason Patriots clinched the CAA regular season championship in a 67-61 win over the Northeastern Huskies during Senior Night at Patriot Center.
Senior Cam Long had 13 points and nine rebounds, but it was Ryan Pearson's 18 points and 15 rebounds that led Mason to victory. Jonathan Lee had 18 points for Northeastern. Senior Isaiah Tate had five points.
Mason held a 27-22 halftime lead, but the Huskies came back in the second half with a 17-10 run to take a 39-37 lead. Mason tied the game at 44-44 and took the lead for good at 47-44 on a Long three-pointer.
With the win, the Patriots will be the No. 1 seed in next week's CAA Tournament.