Scores

Final

George Mason 77

(23-5, 14-2 CAA)

Northern Iowa 71

(19-10, 10-6 MVC)

Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

7:00 PM ET, February 19, 2011

McLeod Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa

1 2 T
GMU 32 4577
UNI 36 3571

Top Performers

George Mason: R. Pearson 21 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Stl

Northern Iowa: K. Ahelegbe 26 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast

Ryan Pearson boosts George Mason in BracketBuster showdown

Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ryan Pearson scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as George Mason rallied to defeat Northern Iowa 77-71 Saturday to extend the longest active winning streak in Division I to 13 games.

Andre Cornelius scored 24 points to lead the Patriots (23-5) in a BracketBusters game and first-ever meeting between the teams. Pearson dominated the boards, and his strong inside play got him to the foul line often where he made all 13 free-throw attempts.

Kwadzo Ahelegbe led the Panthers (19-10) with 26 points, and Jake Koch added 14.

Northern Iowa led 36-32 at the half and was up 47-40 with 13:14 remaining. Cornelius made a free throw to give George Mason its first lead of the second half, 62-61, with 3 minutes remaining. His two free throws with 43 seconds left gave the Patriots a 71-65 edge. Northern Iowa got as close as 73-71 with 15 seconds left, but Pearson made four free throws to close it out.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GMU
UNI
Points 77 71
FG Made-Attempted 23-46 (.500) 23-53 (.434)
3P Made-Attempted 9-21 (.429) 13-30 (.433)
FT Made-Attempted 22-25 (.880) 12-15 (.800)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
Largest Lead 8 10

2010-11 Season

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» Feb 19, 2011 GMU 77, @UNI 71Recap

Research Notes

Entering Saturday's games, 4 Division I men's basketball teams had winning streaks of 10 games or more. While George Mason extended the nation's longest win streak to 13 games with a win at Northern Iowa, but Texas (11 games), Vermont (10 games) and Princeton (10 games) all had their win streaks ended on Saturday.
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