Butler Breaks Record in Rout of Holy Cross
Dec. 27, 2005
Lamar Butler broke a 10-year old school record and the Patriots ran away from Holy Cross early in the second half as George Mason won for the sixth time in its past seven games. The Patriots downed Holy Cross 71-38 at the Patriot Center on Tuesday in front of 3,501 fans.
Butler had three 3-pointers on the night to break Donald Ross' school record for career 3-pointers. Ross' 251 came from 1991-95. Butler began his run at the record in 2001 when, as a freshman, he drained 57 3-pointers. As a sophomore, he sank 78 and as a junior, he recorded 87. So far this season, he has hit 30 3-pointers to give him 252 for his career. He's on pace to finish the 2005-06 regular season with 84 and a career total of 306 heading into the CAA Championships.
Butler drained all of his long-range shots in the second half, hitting the two that tied the record in the first 1:30 and breaking the mark with 15:54 to play in the half. During that rampage, the Patriots were able to go on a 22-2 run that put the game away.
Butler finished the game with 26 points, two shy of his Patriot Center career high. He also had four rebounds and three assists. Tony Skinn had 21 points, including five 3-pointers, tying a career high. Jai Lewis played just 23 minutes and had seven points. Lewis also had just one rebound in the game, but he set a career-high with six assists. Torey Thomas led Holy Cross with 14 points while Kevin Hamilton added 11. They were the only Crusaders in double figures.
Mason fell behind early, 5-0, before Tony Skinn got things rolling. He hit a pair of 3-pointers to give Mason a 6-5 lead and Jai Lewis had a layup inside to make it 8-5. Holy Cross was able to respond, though, taking a 16-12 lead before Mason took control of the game going into the half. The Patriots closed the first half with a 20-7 run that gave them a nine-point halftime lead, 32-23.
Skinn had a pair of free throws, a 3-pointer and a layup in that stretch while Lamar Butler had a pair of layups and Tim Burns added a 3-pointer. Mason shot .520 from the field in the first half while holding Holy Cross to .421 shooting. Skinn had 13 points and Butler had 8 in the half as Mason committed just five turnovers and had assists on 10 of 13 field goals. By contrast, Holy Cross had 10 turnovers and made just eight field goals.