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Updated: Friday 01/04/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's basketball team will jump back into Colonial Athletic Association play when it hosts George Mason on Saturday, Jan. 5, afternoon at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England as well as Comcast Sports Southeast with Joe Beninati and John Feinstein on the call.

Tribe fans can also follow the action on the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley, Bill McDonald and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network and the broadcast can also be heard on TribeAthletics.com.

A reminder that W&M Athletics is offering fans the Virginia 529 Ticket Package, presented by Virginia 529 College Saving Plan, for the George Mason contest on Saturday. Fans can purchase two mezzanine level tickets for $20 and will receive a voucher for two hot dogs, two soft drinks and two bags of chips. Call the Tribe Ticket Office at (757) 221-3340 for more information.

  Game Day Information  -  Game 12 vs. George Mason
When:     Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012, 2 PM
 Where:    Williamsburg, Va.  |  Campus Map  |  Visiting Williamsburg
Venue:    Kaplan Arena  |  Seating Chart
Broadcast:    TV: CSN-MA, CSN-P, CSN-NE, CSS  |  Watch Online  |  Listen Online  | Live Stats
Tickets:    TribeAthletics.com  |  Virginia 529 Ticket Package
Game Notes:  William and Mary  |  George Mason  |  CAA
Season Stats:  William and Mary  |  George Mason  |  CAA
Highlights: 
Tribe at Vanderbilt (Jan. 2)  |  Tribe at Purdue (Dec. 29)
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Blogs:  
CAA Hoops Scoop  |  CAAHoops.com

News and Notes

- George Mason leads the all-time series with the Tribe at 37-27, including a 70-56 victory over W&M in the only meeting last season in Fairfax, Va.

- The Tribe has outrebounded seven of its last nine opponents, including a 35-33 advantage at Vanderbilt.

- As of Jan. 4, the Tribe leads the CAA in scoring (68.7), scoring margin (+5.0), field goal percentage (.475), 3-point percentage (.357), defensive 3-point percentage (.256), assists (14.1), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0) and defensive rebounds (28.1).

- According to the NCAA stats (as of Jan. 3), W&M ranks seventh nationally in defensive 3-point percentage, 26th in field goal percentage, 71st in defensive field goal percentage and 93rd in 3-point percentage.

- For the third straight week, the College received votes in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 released on Dec. 31.

Scouting George Mason
George Mason enters the game with the Tribe coming off an 84-74 setback to Northeastern in its CAA opener on Jan. 3. The Patriots led the Huskies, 37-30, at the half, but NU shot 64.3 percent in the second half on the way to the victory. Mason is 7-6 on the season, but has lost each of its last two contests, including a 61-57 setback at South Florida on Dec. 29.

As a team, George Mason leads the CAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to 62.8 points per game. The Patriots average 63.7 points per game offensively, shooting 43 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from 3-point range. Mason holds opponents to 40.8 percent shooting, which ranks third in the CAA, but Patriot foes are shooting 38.1 percent from 3-point range. Mason averages 7.3 steals per game and is third in the CAA in turnover margin (+1.08).

The Patriots are a deep squad with 10 players who average at least four points per contest and play more than 11 minutes per game. Junior Sherrod Wright leads the way at 17.5 points per game, which ranks fourth in the CAA. He leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.438), while ranking fifth in field goal percentage (.530) and ninth in free throw percentage (.774). Juniors Johnny Williams and Bryon Allen rank second and third on the team in scoring at 7.2 and 6.5 points per game. Allen leads the team and ranks sixth in the CAA at 2.9 assist per game. Sophomore forward Erik Copes leads Mason in rebounding at 5.8 per game, which is 16th in the CAA, to go along with 1.8 blocked shots per game, which ranks fourth in the league.

Mason leads the all-time series with the Tribe at 37-27, including a 70-56 win over W&M in the only meeting last season in Fairfax, Va. W&M led Mason by 10 points in the opening half, before the Patriots rallied to pick up the victory behind 50 percent shooting from the field. Marcus Thornton scored a game-high 23 points last season against the Patriots on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, for the Tribe.

Tribe Excels in the Classroom
Along with its work on the court, the men's hoops program continues to demonstrate why Tribe Athletics personifies the term student-athlete with its efforts in the classroom. The team enjoyed another exceptional semester, amassing a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 at the 'Public Ivy' institution for the 2012 fall semester. Last academic year in 2011-12, W&M produced a team GPA of better than 3.1. W&M also placed a league-high seven players on the CAA All-Academic Team in 2012. Under head coach Tony Shaver, the Tribe produced 25 CAA All-Academic team honorees, the most in the CAA since 2004. No other team had more than two CAA All-Academic team honorees in 2012, and W&M put three of its five starters on the top two All-Academic teams for the second time in three years. W&M was ranked fourth on America's Top Public Colleges list according to Forbes in 2012 and the sixth-best public university in the country according to U. S. News and World Report in 2013.

Field Goal Consistency
W&M has not only shot the ball at a high level this season, but a consistent level as well. The Green and Gold shot 41 percent or better in 11 of its 12 games this season with the lone exception coming at Vanderbilt on Jan. 2. W&M ranks 26th nationally in field goal percentage at 47.5 percent, as of Jan. 3. The College has shot a better percentage from the floor than its opponent in 10 of 12 games as well, including three games of 50-plus percent from the floor (High Point, Old Dominion and Salisbury). W&M has three players among the top eight in the CAA in field goal percentage as of Jan. 3. Junior Tim Rusthoven is third at 56.5 percent followed by junior Brandon Britt (50.9 percent) and sophomore Marcus Thornton (46.4 percent) in seventh and eighth, respectively.

Gaillard Shooting
Junior forward Kyle Gaillard has been extremely effective from the field in 2012-13. The Huntersville, N.C., native ranks seventh nationally according to KenPom.com, as of Jan. 3, in effective field goal percentage at 69.7 percent. He is also 15th nationally in true shooting percentage at 68.8 percent. Effective field goal percentage is the same as field goal percentage but gives teams more credit for 3-pointers made, while true shooting percentage includes field goal and free throw percentage. For the year, Gaillard leads the Tribe at 62.1 percent from the field. He has been even better over the last seven games, shooting 69.8 percent (30-of-43) from the floor.  On two occasions this season, Gaillard was perfect from the field. He was 6-of-6 in the Tribe's 82-49 win over Salisbury on Dec. 21. Earlier this season, he tied a school record, going a perfect 7-of-7 from the field in the Tribe's double-overtime game with Richmond on Nov. 28. He became just the ninth player in school history to shoot a perfect 100 percent from the field, taking at least seven shots.

Three-Headed Scoring Monster
The Tribe's top three returning scorers, sophomore Marcus Thornton and juniors Brandon Britt and Tim Rusthoven, have upped their production in the early going of the 2012-13 campaign. The trio is averaging a combined 45.3 of the W&M's 68.7 points per game (66 percent). On the year, all three rank among the top 15 in the CAA with Thornton leading the way in third at 17.9 points per game. Rusthoven and Britt rank 12th and 14th, respectively, averaging 14.0 and 13.4 points per game. On nine occasions one of the trio has scored 20-plus points in a game. Thornton and Rusthoven both tallied 20-point games at High Point and Richmond, while Britt led the Tribe with 21 points at Liberty and a career-high 26 against Howard. Thornton also scored a season-high 24 points in the opener against Hampton, 23 in the win over ODU and had a game-high 21 at Purdue.

Board Work
After being outrebounded in its first two games of the season, W&M has outrebounded its opponents in seven of the last nine contests. Overall, the Tribe is outrebounding its opponents nearly three per game (2.8), pulling down 35.8 per contest compared to 33.0 for its opponents. In the Tribe's CAA opening win over Old Dominion, the Tribe finished even with the Monarchs on the glass at 33 apiece. ODU entered the game outrebounding its opponents by 9.3 per game and are ranked among the top 30 nationally in rebounding margin. The College has done more of its work on the defensive glass, ranking first in the CAA in defensive rebounding at 28.1 per game and second in defensive rebound percentage, corralling 72.2 percent of its opponents misses.

Among Nation's Best 3-Point Defense
The Tribe has been among the best teams in the country defending the 3-point line this season. The Tribe leads the CAA and ranks among the top 10 nationally limiting opponents to just 25.6 percent shooting from 3-point range. As of Jan. 3, W&M ranked seventh nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense according to the NCAA. The W&M school record for 3-point percentage defense is 31.4 percent set in 1998. W&M opponents are hitting five 3-pointers per game this season.










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