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George Mason vs. William & Mary recap: Patriots dominate 2nd half, win 73-66

Sherrod Wright exploded for 28 as George Mason rolled for its first CAA win.

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George Mason got its first their first conference win Saturday as the Patriots broke through in the second half to defeat William & Mary, 73-66. GMU guard Sherrod Wright scored 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Sixteen of those points came in the second half, where the Patriots outscored the Tribe 40-29.

After George Mason built an early lead, William & Mary pulled off an 11-point run in the final two minutes of the first half to take a four-point lead. But Sherrod Wright got hot, even pulling down seven rebounds from the guard position. Corey Edwards added 10 points, five assists and three rebounds, the only other Patriot to score double digits.

Three members of the Tribe picked up shiny point totals, with Marcus Thornton and Tim Rusthoven scoring 19 and Brandon Britt adding 18. But they were out-rebounded by the Patriots, 33-24, and failed to keep George Mason off the line, giving up 24 free-throw attempts. GMU made 17 while holding the Tribe to just 16 attempts.

George Mason improves to 8-6 on the season and is now 1-1 in CAA play.