Smith Sets NCAA Record as Men's Basketball Hands JMU First Home Loss
Jan. 19, 2008
Harrisonburg, Va. - Dre Smith set an NCAA for 3-pointers in a game without a miss and his career-high 34 points pushed the Patriots to a 96-75 win over James Madison in front of 6,659 fans at JMU Convocation Center. Smith was 10 of 10 from 3-point range, and he scored the most points by a Patriot since Lamar Butler had 36 against Morehead State on Dec. 30, 2004. In his past two games against JMU, Smith is 17 of 18 from 3-point range. The 96 points for Mason is the most since scoring 104 in double overtime against William & Mary on Feb. 12, 2005. It was the first time Mason reached 90 in a game since beating JMU 95-68 in the 2005-06 regular-season finale..
Aside from Smith's 34 points, John Vaughan had 20 and Folarin Campbell and Will Thomas each had 16. Mason shot 65.5 percent from the field, the sixth-best mark in school history. Terrance Carter had 23 for JMU while Juwann James had 16. Mason also outrebounded the Dukes 35-20.
The Patriots (13-5, 5-2) wasted no time getting ahead of the Dukes as the Patriots made their first four shots, 3-pointers from Dre Smith, Folarin Campbell and John Vaughan and a layup from Will Thomas. The Dukes (10-7, 3-4), meanwhile had a miss and two turnovers allowing Mason to go up 11-0. The Patriots built the lead to 14 as five different players scored in the first five minutes.
After a JMU timeout with 9:28 to go, the Dukes had back-to-back three-point plays to cut the lead to eight, 31-23. But Mason responded with a 6-0 run of its own to push the lead back to 14 with 6:31 to go. The lead stayed at least 10 the rest of the half. James Madison managed just two field goals over the final 8:21 of the half but 8 of 10 shooting from the free throw line kept the game from getting out of hand.
Mason led 48-34 at t the break thanks to 61.3 percent shooting from the field as Folarin Campbell had 12 points and John Vaughan and Will Thomas each had 10. Terrance Carter led the Dukes with 10 on 8 of 9 shooting from the stripe but the Dukes shot just 33.3 percent from the field. The 48 first-half points were a season-high for Mason.
In the second half, Mason used an early 8-0 run to go ahead 60-39. But the Dukes came right back with a 16-7 run to pull to within 12, 67-55. After a pair of Smith 3-pointers pushed it back to 15, The Dukes went on an 8-0 run to make it a 73-66 contest. But Smith answered with another 3-pointer and after a pair of Campbell free throws and a pair of Vaughan free throws, it was once again a 14-point contest. Smith's school-record ninth 3-pointer from 25-feet made it 83-66 with 4:20 to play. Mason cruised from there.
Thomas surpassed 1,300 points for his career in the game while Smith moved into 10th place on the career 3-pointers list and topped 100 for his career. Campbell moved into 20th place on the career rebounding list. Vaughan extended his streak of scoring in double figures to 10 games, the longest active streak on the team. The win was the first time all year Mason has won back-to-back road games.
The George Mason men's basketball team will return to action on Wednesday when the Patriots host Old Dominion at 8 p.m. That game will be televised on CN8. With classes back in session, fans are reminded to arrive early to avoid any traffic and/or parking issues.