George Mason 'Will's' Itself To 75-65 Victory

George Mason, playing without starting point guard Tony Skinn, needed someone to step up, and someone did in Will Thomas, who had 18 points and 14 rebounds in an upset that ended the Spartans season.

OKEMOS,MI-George Mason, with starting point guard Tony Skinn sitting on the bench with a one game suspension, rode the inspired play of forward Will Thomas to a 75-65 upset victory over the Spartans.

Thomas, who was GSN's profiled player, scored 18 points and had 14 rebounds in leading the Patriots to victory. Thomas also helped George Mason have a 38-23 rebound advantage over MSU, something unthinkable in the Izzo era of Spartan basketball as the Patriots dominated in the paint.

Said Tom Izzo, "They took it at us early and kicked our butts inside."

MSU had a brief advantage in the second half when it when on a 15-6 run, including a 8-0 stretch in the second half. However, the Patriots, who led most of the game, countered that with a 8-0 run of their own that they never relinquished.

It ends a disapointing season for the Spartans were out hustled, out worked, and who made mental mistakes throughout the game.

George Mason hit on 60 percent of their shots for the game on 29 for 48 from the field, while MSU only hit 42 percent from the field.

Folarin Campbell led the Patriots with 21 points and Jai Lewis, and Lamar Butler added 13 a piece in a balanced George Mason attack. MSU's Maurice Ager had 27 points for the Spartans, while Drew Neitzel added 13 points and eight assists.

Paul Davis ended his Spartan career by fouling out with 10 points, and Shannon Brown was held to five points for MSU.

GSN's Kevin Mullen will have a full recap with quotes and analysis tommorrow, so stay tuned.


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