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George Mason 78, Long Beach St. 70

December 11, 1996

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ Nate Langley scored 26 points and George Mason forced Long Beach State to commit 31 turnovers Tuesday night in a 78-70 non-conference victory.

George Mason (4-1) never trailed in the game and the Patriots registered 21 steals, one shy of the school record.

Long Beach State (3-3), led by James Cotton’s 24 points, cut an early second-half Patriots 12-point lead to three points, 58-55, with 6:55 remaining, but the 49ers couldn’t get any closer.

Demetrius Somerville added 19 points for George Mason, including 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range. Patriot forward George Redd finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Both teams shot better from 3-point range than they did from the field overall.

George Mason was 26-for-61 from the field (43 percent) and 11-for-23 from 3-point range (48 percent).

Long Beach went 28-for-63 (45 percent) and 7-for-15 (47 percent).

Brian Yankelevitz added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the 49ers. Akeli Jackson finished with 10 for the 49ers.

Langley shot 4-for-7 from 3-point range and had seven points during a key 10-2 Patriot run in the closing minutes.

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