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George Mason Vs. Drexel: Seven Blocks By Erik Copes Spark Impressive Patriot Defensive Effort And Five-Point Halftime Lead

After twenty minutes at the DAC in Philadelphia, the George Mason Patriots lead the Drexel Dragons 27-22. It's a low-scoring game and the most exciting portion of the first half for Mason fans has to be the defensive presence of freshman Erik Copes. Playing in his hometown, Copes had an amazing seven blocks in the first half, already three shy of the single game school record with a half to play. Copes was part of a defensive effort that held the Dragons to just six points over the first ten plus minutes of the game. Drexel is just one of six from behind the arc as they struggled to mount much offense.

Along with Copes off the bench on the defensive end, fellow freshman Vaughn Gray came off the bench to lead GMU on the offensive end. Gray had six quick points, drilling two threes to help Mason build its five-point halftime lead. The Patriots will look to hold on in the second half and improve to 5-0 in the CAA.

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