November 23, 2007

George Mason tosses aside Wildcats

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kansas State's youth brigade found out exactly why the George Mason Patriots played in the Final Four two years ago.

With a core of players on the court who took Coach Jim Larranaga's team to the national semifinals in 2006, George Mason calmly dealt with Michael Beasley and his fellow freshmen Thursday night at the Milk House, dismissing the 18th-ranked Wildcats 87-77 in the first round of the Old Spice Classic.

After K-State started the game strong, racing to an 11-6 lead, George Mason clawed back into the game. After ties at 15 and 20, the Patriots went on an 8-0 over about a 70-second period to grab control of the game.

In many ways, George Mason controlled the game the rest of the way, first taking a 39-30 halftime lead. Then the Patriots built a lead that reached 15 in the second half and got no smaller than six after the break.

"They've got guys who made it to the Final Four who understand their system and what it takes to win," K-State coach Frank Martin said after his Wildcats fell to 3-1 on the season. "We've got guys who continued to play the way we've played throughout the course of this year. We played in spurts and our team has to learn that you cannot play in spurts against good basketball teams."

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