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Pearson leads George Mason past Old Dominion 71-55

Jan 2, 2010 - 8:14 PM FAIRFAX, Va.(AP) -- Ryan Pearson had 17 points and George Mason capitalized on an early second-half run in a 71-55 win over Old Dominion on Saturday.

Pearson added eight rebounds for the Patriots (7-6, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association), who were coming off an 80-53 loss at Radford on Wednesday, their worst loss in six years.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Monarchs (9-5, 1-1).

George Mason, which held a 31-28 halftime lead, found itself trailing 41-40 after a jumper by Old Dominion's Frank Hassell five minutes into the second half. The Patriots, however, would then go on a 15-2 run behind Pearson and Mike Morrison (15 points) to take a double-digit lead that they would not relinquish.

George Mason shot 57 percent from the field in the second half and scored 20 of their 40 second-half points in the paint.

Gerald Lee paced Old Dominion with 17 points.