College hoops: Towson falls to George Mason

January 07, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Towson fell to George Mason tonight at the Towson Center but unlike other double-digit losses this year, the Tigers battled throughout the game and gave a reasonably decent effort even when it was evident a win wasn’t in the cards.

That said, a 12-point home loss isn’t what the Tigers expected heading into tonight’s affair.  The game represented another chance for Towson to make a statement in the Colonial Athletic Association and after two straight wins in CAA play, it appeared like the Tigers were catching GMU at a good time in the schedule.

Maybe not.  George Mason jumped ahead 14-4 early on and led by 11 at the half, eventually stretching the lead to 18 in the second half.  

George Mason improved to 4-0 in CAA play with the 71-59 victory, while the Tigers dropped to 2-2 in the CAA.

Josh Thornton led the Tigers with 14 points.  Junior Hairston gave his typical hearty effort and finished the contest with a game-high 111 rebounds and 7 points.  Darryl Monroe was the Player of the Game, with 16 points and 10 rebounds for George Mason.  

Towson will travel to Northeastern (4-0 CAA) on Saturday before returning home to face Virginia Commonwealth next Wednesday.