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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.

The George Mason Patriots can improve to 4-0 in CAA play Thursday evening when they visit the Drexel Dragons at Daskalakis Athletic Center. The two teams will jump it up at 8 Eastern on ESPNU.

The Patriots have won five straight games and 10 of their last 12 overall. Most recently, they held off a second-half rally by the Georgia St. Panthers to prevail, 61-58, behind 17 points from Vertail Vaughns and 14 from Mike Morrison, who also added a game-high 15 rebounds. GMU star Ryan Pearson failed to convert any of his four field-goal attempts, but went 10-of-10 from the foul line. The victory set a new CAA record for consecutive in-conference, regular-season wins at 18, as the Patriots won their final 14 conference games of the 2010/11 season.

Drexel has also played well of late, winning eight of its last nine to improve to 10-5 on the season. Sunday, it surged past the Va. Commonwealth Rams, 64-58, thanks to a 24-point outing by Frantz Massenat, who shot 7-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-4 from beyond the arc. The Dragons' ability to draw fouls helped them pull out the win, as they shot 35 freebies to the Rams' 20.

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