George Mason, tied atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings with Northeastern, travels to Towson on Wednesday looking to improve on its 3-0 start. Tipoff is 7 p.m. The Patriots (10-3) have never lost to the Tigers (7-8, 2-1 CAA) in conference play. Their last loss to Towson was Jan. 6, 1993. Mason leads the series, 24-8.
Towson is enjoying its best start in conference play, having survived back-to-back one-point wins. The Tigers squeaked by James Madison, 58-57, on Saturday then traveled to Delaware for a 62-61 win on Monday. Towson defeated Navy, 86-68, earlier this season and also beat Hampton, 82-73. Mason lost to Hampton, 50-44.
Junior Hairston, who played two seasons at College of Charleston before transferring to Towson his junior year, is the Tigers’ best player. The 6-foot-8, 205-pound senior forward averages 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He didn’t start at Delaware because of illness but still scored 17 points in 23 minutes.
Georgetown transfer Josh Thornton is Towson’s third-leading scorer (10.5 ppg) and best outside shooter. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior guard made six three-pointers against North Carolina State earlier this season.
With both teams playing their third game in five days, the outcome could be determined by who handles the fatigue of such a draining schedule best.
January 7, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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