Basketball recruiting: George Mason's midnight prospect madness

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Basketball recruiting: George Mason's midnight prospect madness

Like most schools, George Mason's Midnight Madness event is not simply about ginning up excitement for the upcoming season. Showing off the program to potential recruits is most definitely another component and one the Patriots focused on Friday night at the Patriot Center.

At least seven prospects attended the festivities on the Fairfax campus, a source familiar with the proceedings told CSNwashington.com.

Members of the 2014 class included guards Evan Taylor (Paul VI), John Crosby (Baltimore Polytechnic), 6-foot-4 Omari George (Baltimore/City College High), and New Jersey products Abdul Lewis and Ishmael Sanogo.

Middleburg Academy (Va.) small forward Delonte Jones and teammate Brandon Alston , a 6-foot-4 guard from Vienna, represented the 2015 class.

Definitively linking players to a specific program two and three years away is largely unwise, but Patriots coach Paul Hewitt continues his aggressive pursuit of talent in and outside the DMV. Recent commitments include incoming freshman guard and All-Met Player of the Year Patrick Holloway (Paul VI) and Jalen Jenkins, a 6-foot-6 power forward from the Bronx (NY).

The 6-foot-3 Taylor, who is reportedly also considering West Virginia and Wake Forest, is described by ESPN's college basketball recruiting site as "a skilled and smart point guard with excellent size and length. His passing and ability to make open shots allows him to positively affect the game."

Taylor ranks 24th at his position among members of the 2014 class per ESPN, five slots ahead of the 6-foot-2 Crosby.

Virginia Tech, Nebraska and Drexel are other schools in the hunt for George, according to Rivals.com.

The 6-foot-7 Lewis and Sanogo, a 6-foot-5 combo forward, both played last season for East Side (N.J.).

No. 24 Terps struggle again at home, fall to unranked Iowa 83-69

No. 24 Terps struggle again at home, fall to unranked Iowa 83-69

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Freshman Jordan Bohannon scored a career-high 24 points, hitting 8 of 10 3-pointers, to help Iowa breeze past fading No. 24 Maryland 83-69 Saturday night.

Tyler Cook had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (16-13, 8-8 Big Ten), who improved to 2-7 on the road this season. Iowa led by seven at halftime and erased any shred of suspense by taking a 16-point lead with 10:28 remaining.

The Hawkeyes went 16 for 26 beyond the arc in avenging a home loss to Maryland on Jan. 19.

Bohannon came in averaging 9.2 points per game and shooting 37 percent from 3-point range. Cook, who's also a freshman, scored only eight points in the first meeting between the teams.

Kevin Huerter scored 13 points for Maryland (22-7, 10-6). Since opening 20-2, the Terrapins have lost five of seven and three in a row.

Eager to rebound from a home loss to Minnesota, the Terrapins came out flat against an Iowa team that had beaten only Rutgers on the road.

Maryland's biggest lead was two points, and the Terps never led after relinquishing a 24-23 advantage midway in the first half.

Maryland went 11 for 34 from 3-point range and took only nine free throws.

Cook scored 15 points and Bohannon drilled four 3-pointers to help Iowa take a 47-40 halftime lead.

The Hawkeyes went 8 for 12 from beyond the arc, outrebounded Maryland 20-14 and limited standout guard Melo Trimble to three points on 1-for-5 shooting.

Huerter opened the second half with a 3-pointer to give the crowd hopes of a comeback, but Bohannon nailed three 3s in a 10-1 spurt that made it 58-44.

Trimble finished with 10 points, going 1 for 9 from beyond the arc.

Big second half run caps a 91-75 Hokies victory over Boston College

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Big second half run caps a 91-75 Hokies victory over Boston College

BOSTON -- Justin Bibbs scored 13 points, getting seven with a 4-point play and a 3-pointer 27 seconds later to cap a game-breaking 21-6 run that carried Virginia Tech to a 91-75 win over Boston College on Saturday.

Zach LeDay led the Hokies (20-8, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 18 points. Ty Outlaw had 16 and Seth Allen 15.

Jerome Robinson scored 25 and Ky Bowman added 16 for the Eagles (9-20, 2-14), who have lost 12 straight.

The Hokies broke a 50-all tie when Justin Robinson hit the first of two free throws that triggered the key run.

Following a driving basket by Allen, BC's Mo Jeffers was whistled for a technical when he slammed the ball to the floor after being called for a blocking foul. Allen then hit two free throws and LeDay had a 3-point play, making it 56-50.

The Hokies capped the run when Outlaw had a 3-pointer from the left corner, Bibbs a 4-point play after he nailed a 3 and was fouled by A.J. Turner, and Bibbs followed with another 3 from the top of the key.

There was a moment in the first half when nearly all 10 of the players on the court hit the floor during a long scramble for a loose ball -- that rolled from inside the 3-point line before it was tied up at midcourt for a jump ball.