George Mason 66, Florida Atlantic 51
Mike Morrison’s big second half paced a balanced scoring attack
as George Mason defeated Florida Atlantic 66-51 on Saturday.
Morrison scored 14 of his 18 points after halftime and shot 8
for 10 from the field for the Patriots (4-2), who had four players
in double figures. The junior added seven rebounds and three
blocked shots as George Mason won its second straight and remained
unbeaten at home.
Greg Gantt had 15 points to lead Florida Atlantic (3-4), which
suffered its third straight loss.
Luke Hancock had 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists while
Cam Long and Ryan Pearson each added 10 points for George Mason.
The Patriots shot 58 percent (26 for 48) from the field, getting
several easy baskets behind good ball movement that resulted in
assists on 17 of their 26 baskets.
The Patriots’ defensive pressure gave Florida Atlantic trouble
throughout, as the Owls committed 14 turnovers and shot just 38
percent (20 for 53) while being held 15 points below their previous
season low in points scored.
Florida Atlantic was just 4 of 17 on 3-point attempts and
suffered a big blow when Brett Royster, the reigning Defensive
Player of the Year in the Sun Belt Conference, fouled out with 9:43
George Mason held a 34-23 advantage at halftime and never saw
its lead dip to single-digits in the second half.