FAIRFAX, Va. – George Mason used a strong second half performance to defeat the Tigers 78-54 on Thursday night in Colonial Athletic Association play. Senior guards Krystal Parnell and Krystin Fields scored 13 points each to lead the Tigers (12-7, 3-5 CAA).
The first half was a back and forth battle between the two squads. Towson took a 5-4 lead with 15:49 to play on a Parnell three-pointer. George Mason (10-9, 4-4 CAA) would answer with back-to-back buckets for an 8-5 advantage with 14:25 to play. Neither team would take a lead of more then one point over the next three and a half minutes. The Patriots would use a 12-2 run to take a 26-18 lead with 4:19 remaining in the half. Fields hit a pair from the foul line at 3:57 to start a 9-2 run by the Tigers to pull the visitors to within one at 28-27 with 1:51 showing on the clock. Parnell had seven of the nine for the Tigers during that spurt. George Mason got a bucket with 30 seconds left to take a 30-27 lead at the break.
The Tigers shot 40% from the field to the Patriots’ 42.4% in the first 20 minutes of action. Parnell had 11 first half points for the Tigers as they held a 21-16 lead in the rebounding battle.
Fields opened the second half by going 4-for-4 from the line to put the Tigers up 31-30 with 18:51 to play. That would be the last lead of the game for Towson. The Patriots used an 18-5 run to take a 48-36 lead with 13:02 to play. Back-to-back buckets by the Tigers made it a 48-40 game with 13:02 remaining on the clock. George Mason got a pair of foul shots from Taleia Moton at 8:49 to extend their lead to 61-44.The Patriot advantage would fluctuate between 17 and 26 points over the final eight minutes of play. Junior forward Michelle Peebles hit a jumper with 19 seconds remaining for the Tigers to make the final score 78-54.
George Mason shot 54.8% from the floor in the second half and finished the game shooting 48.4%. Towson shot 32.3% from the floor in the final 20 minutes and finished the game shooting 35.7%. The Patriots won the rebounding battle 40-34.
Parnell had four assists in addition to her 13 points in the contest; her first assist of the game gave her 200 for her career at Towson. Fields added four rebounds and a block in the game. Senior forward Deree Fooks finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Amber Easter led George Mason with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Moton contributed 20 points and three assists.
Towson returns to action when it begins a three-game home stand on Sunday, Jan. 29. The Tigers host UNC Wilmington at 2 p.m. in the Towson Center.
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