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).
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.