FAIRFAX, Va. -- Sherrod Wright scored a career-high 23 points to lead four George Mason players in double figures as the Patriots defeated Maryland-Baltimore County 74-63 Tuesday night.
The Patriots led 21-4 after eight minutes, extending the lead to 30-11 with 4:04 left. The Retrievers closed out the half on a 9-0 run and Ryan Cook hit a 3-pointer to open the second half, making it 30-23.
After Copes and Wright answered with jumpers for George Mason, UMBC again chipped away, trimming the lead to 45-39 on another Cook trey with 13:59 to go. But UMBC could get no closer despite shooting 54.8 percent in the second half (17 of 31).