Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Quincy Ford and Joel Smith scored 15 points each to propel the Northeastern Huskies to a 71-51 rout of the George Mason Patriots in a battle atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings at Matthews Arena.
Ford also grabbed seven rebounds for the Huskies (13-7, 8-0 CAA) as they extended their winning streak to eight games and kept their perfect league record intact. Reggie Spencer got into the mix with 14 points and six boards, Dinko Marshavelski tallied 11 points off the bench, and Smith dealt out six assists.
For George Mason (12-8, 5-3), Ventrail Vaughns tied a season-high in the setback with 13 points. Sherrod Wright scored 12 points but committed six turnovers as the Patriots saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
Northeastern shot an even 50 percent from the floor in the opening half which helped it take a 29-21 lead into the intermission. The Patriots were only able to connect on 25.8 percent of their field goal attempts before the break.
Although George Mason improved to 42.9 percent shooting after halftime, The Huskies pulled away by hitting 56.5 percent of their field goal attempts, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, while also adding 11 free throws in the second half. The Patriots went on a 15-4 run to make cut the deficit to just four points at 49-45 with 6:34 left in regulation, but Northeastern outscored the visitors, 22-6, the rest of the way to arrive at the 20-point decision.
Northeastern outscored George Mason, 21-12, from beyond the arc and also, 14-7, at the charity stripe in the contest.