RICHMOND, Va. – Jamie Skeen scored 21 points and Virginia Commonwealth University continued its mastery of George Mason in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament Sunday, ending the Patriots' 16-game winning streak with a 79-63 victory in the semifinals.
The Rams (23-10), blown out 71-51 by the Patriots in mid-February, took command with a 21-3 first-half run and knocked them out of the tournament for the third year in a row.
Bradford Burgess added 16 points and Joey Rodriguez 13 for the Rams, who made 11 3-pointers, one shy of the tourney record. Richmond did it twice, both against the Patriots.
Cam Long scored 20 points to lead George Mason (26-6), which lost for the first time since Jan. 8 and fell to 0-5 in its history against VCU in CAA tournament play. The Patriots are still expected to be invited to the NCAA tournament as an at-large entry with a high RPI.