TILLMAN LOWERS THE CURTAIN ON MASON, REGULAR SEASON

Score: VCU 72, George Mason 60
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 24-7 (14-4 A-10), George Mason 19-11 (9-9)

The short story: Junior forward Justin Tillman supplied his ninth double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds to spark VCU to a Senior Day win over George Mason at the E.J. Wade Arena. With the win, the Rams have clinched the No. 2 overall seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament next week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 
OPENING TIP
  • VCU led for 35:26 Saturday and only faced one serious threat in the second half.
  • Tillman notched the 14th double-double of his career. He converted 12-of-15 shots from the field.
  • Senior Jordan Burgess provided 11 points, six rebounds and one steal in his final home game as a Ram. He scored nine of his points in the first half as VCU built a 35-25 lead.
  • Junior guard Johnny Williams added 10 points and three assists.
  • Senior guard JeQuan Lewis handed out nine of VCU's 20 assists. He did not commit a turnover.
  • VCU honored seniors Lewis, Burgess, Mo Alie-Cox, Doug Brooks and Torey Burston prior to and after the game.
  • Marquise Moore led George Mason with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • VCU scored a season-high 54 points in the paint and tied a season-low with just five turnovers.
  • The Rams outscored George Mason 15-6 off turnovers and 16-5 on second chance points.
  • VCU forced 11 first-half turnovers and limited George Mason to .370 (10-of-27) shooting from the floor, including 0-of-6 from 3-point range, in the first half. The Rams used a 12-2 blitz that included 3-pointers by Burgess and freshman Malik Crowfield, to storm to a 14-4 advantage.
  • Mason would threaten once in the second half, using a 9-0 burst to draw within 44-41 with 13:28 remaining. But Williams drove for a pair of layups, and Tillman flipped up a putback to key an 8-0 VCU run that made it 52-41 with 11:26 left.
 INSIDE THE NUMBERS
  • With the win, VCU improved to 14-4 in A-10 play for the second straight year.
  • VCU has now won at least 24 games in 11 consecutive seasons. Kansas is the only other school to do so over that period.
  • VCU has scored 50-plus points in the paint in consecutive games.
  • The Rams shot .560 (28-of-50) from two-point range.
  • VCU finished 15-1 at home this season, including 9-0 in conference play.
NEXT UP
VCU's regular season is complete. The Rams will head to Pittsburgh for the A-10 Tournament, where they'll take on the winner of the 7/10 game Friday at 6 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena. 
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