George Mason 81, Manhattan 61

Ryan Pearson had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Morrison

added 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead George Mason to an 81-61

win over Manhattan on Friday night, breaking the Jaspers’ five-game

winning streak.

Pearson, the Patriots’ leading scorer, hit two free throws just

before halftime to give George Mason (8-4) a two-point lead, 27-25,

at the half despite missing 8 of 19 free throws.

Just three points shy of a career-high, Pearson scored 17 points

in the second half, including 10 in the first 7:10, to help give

George Mason a 46-38 lead.

The Patriots extended their lead to 57-42 with 8:18 remaining on

a dunk by Morrison and two 3-pointers by Vertrail Vaughns, who

added 13 points.

Manhattan (8-5), which averaged a margin of nearly 21 points in

its longest winning streak in nearly five years, was led by George

Beamon’s 18.

The Jaspers committed 22 turnovers.