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Men's Hoops Falls to GMU 74-58

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: February 16, 2005
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Feb. 16, 2005

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Lamar Butler scored 25 points and Tony Skinn added 22 to lead George Mason to a 74-58 victory over Old Dominion on Wednesday night, ending the Monarchs' five-game winning streak.

Colonial Athletic Association leader Old Dominion (23-4, 13-2) entered the game with the fifth-best winning percentage this season in Division I at .885. The Monarchs' other conference loss was a 75-71 setback Jan. 29 at Virginia Commonwealth.

Butler and Jai Lewis, who finished with nine points and six rebounds, both eclipsed the 1,000-point career scoring mark for George Mason (15-10, 10-6). Folarin Campbell added eight points and seven rebounds for the Patriots.

Butler, who was 6-for-9 on 3-pointers, gave George Mason a 55-43 lead on a 3-pointer with 8:21 remaining. He later made 3-pointers to give the Patriots leads of 62-45 and 72-50.

Arnaud Dahi, who picked up his third foul early in the second half and played only 20 minutes, led Old Dominion with 14 points and six rebounds. Alex Loughton had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Monarchs.

After John Thomas' jumper pulled Old Dominion within five at 48-43, the Patriots answered with a 9-0 run, capped by Campbell's reverse layup for a 57-43 lead with 7:45 left.

Skinn scored 14 points in the first half and the Patriots led 37-24 at the break.


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