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Rafriel Guthrie scored a career-high 18 points against Geroge Mason.
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Rafriel Guthrie scored a career-high 18 points against Geroge Mason.
| @Towson_MBB Comes up Short Against George Mason
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 01/23/2013
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TOWSON, Md. - Junior guard Rafriel Guthrie scored a career-high 18 points, but the Towson men's basketball team fell to George Mason, 77-67, on Wednesday night.

The Tigers (10-11, 5-3 CAA) shot just 4-for-21 (19%) from beyond the arc and committed 16 turnovers while dropping their second straight game after winning six of seven.

The Patriots (12-7, 5-2 CAA) shot 49.1 percent from the field and were led by junior guard Sherrod Wright's game-high 24 points. George Mason shot 23-for-31 (74.2%) from the free throw line with Wright connecting on 14 of his 17 attempts.

George Mason, who has won five of its last six games, turned back several comeback tries by Towson while handing the Tigers just their third loss in their last nine games.
With the win, the Patriots moved past Towson into second place in the CAA standings.

Although the Patriots led for most of the game, they didn’t nail down the victory until the final minute when Wright and junior guard Byron Allen combined to make six straight free throws.

Late in the first half, George Mason broke open a close game with a 9-0 run to take a 41-34 lead at halftime. There were five ties and seven lead changes in the first 12 minutes until the Patriots bolted to a 35-24 lead. The Patriots shot 50 percent in the first half and held Towson to 34.3 percent shooting.

At the start of the second half, the Tigers went on an 8-2 run to pull within 43-42 with 17:21 left in regulation. However, the Patriots scored the next two baskets to take a 47-42 lead.

Towson never got closer than a point the rest of the game. With 5:59 left, sophomore guard Kris Walden’s three-point basket cut the deficit to 64-61. But the Patriots used a pair of free throws by Wright and a basket by Jonathan Arledge to take a 68-61 lead with 4:53 left.

The Tigers pulled to within 69-65 with a minute left before a layup by Allen gave Mason a 71-65 advantage. With 36 seconds left, Wright made a pair of free throws to give the Patriots a 73-65 lead and they held on to win.

George Mason’s excellent shooting allowed the Patriots to offset their rebounding problems. In the game, the Tigers outrebounded the Patriots by a 44-34 margin. Led by graduate student Bilal Dixon, who had a game-high 14 rebounds, the Tigers scored 20 second chance points.

The Tigers’ top scorer, Jerrelle Benimon just missed recording his 15th double-double of the season. Benimon scored 16 points with eight rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday night at William & Mary.


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