Fairfax, VA (Sports Network) - Jonathan Arledge scored a game-high 23 points
as the George Mason Patriots registered a 62-52 win over the Western Michigan
Broncos in the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational at the
Arledge, the only player to score in double figures for George Mason (21-14),
converted all eight of his attempts at the free-throw line and was 7-of-11
from the floor for the hosts.
The Broncos (22-13) were paced by David Brown who tallied 13 points off the
bench, but he connected on only 4-of-12 from the field and missed all five of
his chances behind the 3-point line. Shayne Whittington and Brandon Pokley
accounted for 12 and 10 points, respectively, as well as seven rebounds
WMU led by as many as nine points in the first half, but the team ended up
shooting only 7-of-20 from the floor, including 2-of-12 beyond the arc, which
allowed the hosts to battle back and claim a 27-20 advantage at the break. The
Patriots made good on just 1-of-9 on the perimeter over the first 20 minutes
of action, but made up for it with 10-of-11 at the free-throw line.
In the second half George Mason again struggled on the outside (1-of-7), but a
solid 14-of-17 showing at the charity stripe kept the team on track for the
The Patriots were guilty of 18 turnovers and struggled from 3-point range, but
the team also forced 23 miscues and outscored the visitors at the free-throw
line by a 24-13 margin.
With the victory the Patriots now begin a three-game championship series
against the winner of the Santa Clara/Wright State matchup.
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