In its first-ever appearance in the CAA Tournament Championship game, the Tribe fell short, losing 68-59 to George Mason University tonight at the Richmond Coliseum.
p. Trailing by only one point, 27-26, coming out of halftime, the Tribe struggled to get anything going in the second, clearly showing signs of fatigue after having to play four tournament games in as many days. The Patriots went on an 11-2 run to start the second half and never looked back, fending off all comeback attempts by the Tribe.
p. Senior forward Laimus Kisielius did his best to keep the Tribe in the game, scoring 22 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists. None of his teammates were able to come close to his production, however, and Mason made enough big plays to maintain its lead throughout the second half.
p. The loss dropped the Tribe’s overall season record to 17-16. Kisielius was named to the All-Tournament team along with sophomore teammates David Schneider and Danny Sumner, VCU guard Eric Maynor and Mason forward Will Thomas. Patriots’ guard Folarin Campbell, who led GMU with 20 points against the Tribe, was named tournament MVP.