TOWSON, Md. (AP) Sherrod Wright scored 24 points and Bryon Allen added 16 as George Mason defeated Towson 77-67 Wednesday night for its 20th consecutive victory over the Tigers.
Wright made 14 of 17 free throws for the Patriots (12-7, 5-2 Colonial Athletic Association), who clung to a 69-65 lead with 1:25 remaining. A layup by Allen made it 71-65, and two Wright free throws stretched the lead to 73-65 with 36 seconds left.
George Mason led 41-34 at the half after shooting 50 percent (15 of 30) to Towson's 34.3 percent (12 of 35). The Tigers (10-11, 5-3) were playing their third game in five days.
Rafriel Guthrie scored 18 points for Towson and Jerrelle Benimon had 16, but for the first time in seven games Benimon did not get a double-double, grabbing only eight rebounds. Bilal Dixon had 14 rebounds for Towson, which outrebounded George Mason 44-34.
When England's all-time goalscorer signed on with D.C. United in June, the soccer community in the nation's capital was ignited.
Shortly after the excitement came the questions. How much does he have left in the tank? Can he actually carry a struggling D.C. United squad? Is he up for the task?
Wayne Rooney has responded.
Through 18 MLS matches, the 32-year-old now has 10 goals.
In the first half of Wednesday night's game against Toronto FC, Rooney broke a scoreless tie with this free-kick strike.
DC United currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, on 44 points.
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NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.
Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.
“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”
The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”
“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”
Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.
“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.