Howard Solves Mason's Problems

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The doctor made a house call to the Patriot Center last night, bringing with him a cure for all that was ailing the George Mason men's basketball team.

The prescription for the Patriots was visiting Howard, which offered little resistance as Mason set season-highs in seven statistical categories to snap a three-game losing streak with a 106-55 win before 1,680.

The Patriots set season-highs in points (105), made field goals (43), field-goal percentage (.551), free throw percentage (.765), rebounds (51), assists (27) and a school-record 10 blocked shots.

"We won by 50 points, if we could win by 50 every night, I'd probably be a little more complimentary of our whole team," Mason coach Jim Larranga said. "We still have a very long way to go before we're playing like I want us to play."

In what turned into a layup drill, Mason neglected to work on their halfcourt offense - which needs vast improvement - and preferred to please the sparse crowd with their diluted version of Showtime. Mason's lack of discipline was noticed.

"I spent four years in the [Colonial Athletic Conference], and I know they've had a lot of injuries and bad practices because they haven't had any consistency, but right now I don't think they are ready to be a contender this year," said Howard coach Kirk Saulny, who was an assistant for four years at North Carolina-Wilmington. …