Va. Commonwealth 90, George Mason 82
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ Rod Ladd set a school record with six 3-point baskets, two of them coming just 32 seconds apart late in the second half, to lead Virginia Commonwealth to a 90-82 victory over George Mason on Wednesday night.
Ladd, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard from Montezuma, Ga. who was starting in place of the injured Carl Weldon, hit four of his 3-point shots in the final 8:32. That brought the Rams back from a 62-57 deficit to a 78-73 lead with 2:01 remaining.
Twice, VCU couldn’t hold big leads. The Rams made their first eight shots from the field to take an 11-0 lead just 2:58 into the game, and led by as many as 17 points before George Mason cut the margin to 25-23 with 7:41 remaining before the intermission.
Trailing 45-32 at halftime, the Patriots went on a 23-9 run to take a 55-54 lead with 11:25 to play in the second half. GMU led by as many as seven points, before the Rams made their final comeback bid.
Kendrick Warren led VCU with 26 points - 16 in the first half - while Ladd added a career-high 20 points and Sherron Mills 16 points.
Byron Tucker and James Thompson each paced George Mason with 20 points, and Mitch Madden 16.