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George Mason (6-4) vs. Richmond (9-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 22, 3 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Richmond Coliseum (13,500) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: George Mason 3-1, Richmond 7-0. Away Record: George Mason 1-1, Richmond 2-3. Neutral Record: George Mason 2-2, Richmond 0-0. Conference Record: George Mason 0-0, Richmond 0-0. Series Record: Richmond leads, 33-16.
GAME NOTES: The Richmond Spiders try to bounce back from a throttling at the hands of Kansas, as they face the George Mason Patriots in the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic at Richmond Arena.
Richmond saw its five-game win streak come to an end on Tuesday at the hands of the Jayhawks, who dominated from the opening tip in an 87-59 shellacking Derrick Williams scored 14 points with five rebounds for the Spiders, while Cedrick Lindsay chipped in 12 points in the loss.
George Mason, meanwhile, hasn't played since Dec. 8 when it fell for the second time in three tries, dropping an 82-77 decision in overtime to Northern Iowa.
Sherrod Wright led the Patriots with 20 points on 7-of-10 field goal efficiency. Bryan Allen added 13 points. All ten players who took the court for George Mason scored at least two points.
The loss ended a 14-game home winning streak that dated back to last December, and was the ninth-longest active streak in the country.
Saturday's contest marks the 49th all-time meeting between these two schools. Richmond leads the series, 33-16.
Wright leads GMU with 16.4 points per game and he's shooting 53.8 percent from the field, which is among the best in the Colonial Athletic Association. He is also second on the team in rebounds (5.2 rpg) behind Erik Cope (5.6 rpg). Redshirt junior forward Johnny Williams (8.0 ppg) is second in scoring.
Sporting a +7.5 scoring margin, Richmond has clearly had success at both ends of the floor this season. The Spiders are shooting a healthy .456 overall and netting 72.3 ppg, while limiting foes to just 64.8 ppg and forcing just under 16 turnovers per contest. Four of the team's five starters are averaging double figures in scoring, as Williams and Darien Brothers are tops on the team with 14.8 and 14.5 ppg, respectively. Williams also leads the team in field goal percentage (.567) and in rebounding (7.0 rpg). Kendall Anthony isn't far behind in the scoring department at 13.2 ppg. Lindsay is the last double-digit threat at 10.8 ppg, while doubling as the team's primary distributor (4.1 apg).
Defense is driving the Patriots' success this season as they allow opponents to shoot just 39.4 percent from the field, the top mark in the CAA. That defense will be tested on Saturday, though, against a balanced Richmond scoring attack.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Richmond 73, George Mason 65
12/22 10:41:07 ET
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