Mason tops Morgan, 76-63

December 02, 1992|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,Contributing Writer

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Morgan State dropped its season opener, 76-63, to George Mason University last night before 3,753 at the Patriot Center, largely on a disparity that sent the victors to the foul line 39 times compared to four trips by the Bears.

Though Morgan was whistled for 28 fouls and the Patriots 13, Bears coach Michael Holmes blamed himself for his team being outscored 29-3 from the free-throw line.

"If there's blame for this loss, the blame's with me," said Holmes, whose team went 6-23 last season. "Tonight, I tried to get [his Bears] up for the game and I got too emotional. I didn't react properly at times [to game situations]. We didn't do a good job on the offensive end, which meant we had to work twice as hard on defense. We didn't execute."

George Mason won with the help of team-highs of 16 points -- 10 on free throws -- and 9 rebounds from 7-foot senior center Craig Hodges and 14 points from University of Maryland transfer Mark McGlone, a 6-7 sophomore power forward.

In his second game for the Patriots, McGlone, had 14 points and eight rebounds to help George Mason (1-1), which last won on Feb. 10 before dropping its final six and this season's opener.

In his Patriots debut, McGlone had 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds when the Patriots opened their season with a 90-71 defeat at Texas-El Paso Nov. 18 in the preseason National Invitation Tournament.

Morgan State made more field goals, 27-21, than the Patriots and managed a 6-5 advantage on three-pointers.

Vince "Chico" Langston, a freshman guard, led Morgan with 14 points and added seven rebounds, and scored the contest's first points on a drive with 1:26 elapsed. The Bears never led again. Though the Patriots led by as many as 11 in the first half, the Bears were able to narrow their deficit to 36-31 at halftime.

It wasn't until sophomore reserve guard Donald Ross swished three consecutive three-pointers in a span of 1:42 midway though the second half that the Patriots were able to shake the Bears.

Hodges followed Ross' baskets with two free throws for 11 unanswered points for a 55-39 George Mason margin with 11:49 left.

Morgan never came closer than 10 points after that.

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