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CAA Tournament 2011: VCU Defeats Mason To Move On To Finals

The George Mason Patriots' 16 game winning streak has finally come to an end, thanks to a 79-63 loss to VCU in the CAA semi finals.It is the third consecutive year that VCU has defeated Mason in the conference tournament.

For the first ten minutes of the first half, the game was a back and forth affair between the Patriots and the Rams. But after that, the Rams took the lead, one that would last for the rest of the game. 

There were only two Patriots in double figures, with Cam Long being the team's leading scorer with 22. Aside from that, the Patriots were unable to get a lot of offense going. They were 5 of 13 from the free throw line, committed 15 turnovers, and were not able to get much going inside. 

As for Masons defense, the Rams were allowed to shoot 44% (11-25) from the three point line and 47% (24-50) from the field. Four Rams were in double figures, with Jamie Skeen leading the way with 21 points.

Mason will have 11 days to recover from this loss and try to regroup for its NCAA tournament run. 

As for VCU, they will play the winner of the ODU vs. Hofstra match up this afternoon.