Towson lost at home vs. G. Mason, 90-56

Play of veterans irks Hunt

Tigers drop 7th straight

College Basketball

January 12, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Towson University's men's basketball team learned last night just how much it has to progress to join the Colonial Athletic Association's elite corps.

It didn't help that the Tigers caught George Mason coming off a defeat to struggling Hofstra and they paid the price, dropping a 90-56 decision that represented the team's worst defeat ever in the Towson Center, which opened in 1976.

The 34-point margin topped Towson's 85-55 loss to Villanova 22 years ago.

George Mason (8-5, 3-1) was never in danger after barreling to an 18-4 lead, thanks to junior guard Mark Davis, who converted two steals and two three-pointers into a personal run of 14 points.

The Patriots made it a 37-point cushion with less than two minutes remaining.

It was not a pleasant night for Towson coach Michael Hunt, who brought senior Brian Allen back from a benching to guard Davis, who tied his career high with 26 points.

"Brian Allen is an All-CAA defensive player and he didn't do a good job on Mark," said Hunt. "The expectations were big for Brian and he has not lived up to them. He needs to clear his head and rededicate himself to his senior season."

Hunt reiterated his frustration with his veteran players, including 7-footer Derrick Goode, who was also benched earlier but played 15 minutes in this one.

"Our program has been dead. We're at rock bottom right now. It's the older players I'm frustrated with," Hunt said. "It's time to cut the dead branches off and let the youth grow."

Patriots center Jesse Young bounced back from a two-rebound effort against Hofstra to score 20 points and grab a career-high 14 rebounds and Jon Larranaga, the son of coach Jim Larranaga, finished with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The victory was George Mason's 10th in the past 11 meetings with Towson (3-10, 0-4), which has now lost seven straight. the Patriots finished with a 45-24 rebounding edge.

Freshman Lawrence Hamm led the Tigers with 16 points and transfer Jamaal Gilchrist, the team's top scorer, had 14.

GEORGE MASON-Larranaga 6-12 4-4 18, Young 9-16 1-1 20, Tynes 0-0 0-0 0, Heinen 1-6 6-6 8, Davis 8-15 7-9 26, Harris 1-1 0-1 2, Wyatt 0-1 2-4 2, Wurtz 1-1 3-6 5, Lewis 3-10 2-2 8, Makings 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 29-59 26-37 90. TOWSON-Dixon 3-6 1-2 7, Hamm 6-12 4-4 16, McCartney 1-2 0-0 2, Gilchrist 5-11 4-4 14, Allen 1-7 0-1 2, Petkunas 1-3 0-0 2, McSweeney 1-2 0-0 3, Warner 2-4 2-4 6, Goode 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 21-51 13-17 56. Halftime-George Mason, 43-23, 3-point field goals-GMU 6-13 (Davis 3-5, Larranaga 2-2, Young 1-2, Heinen 0-4); Towson 1-6 (McSweeney 1-2, Gilchrist 0-1, Petkunas 0-1; Allen 0-2). Rebounds-GMU 45 (Young, 14); Towson 24 (Dixon, 5). Assists-GMU 18 (Heinen, 6); Towson 17 (Allen, 8). Total fouls-GMU 18; Towson 26. Fouled out-Goode. Technical fouls-None. A-780.

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