Hyland’s double-double leads VCU past George Mason

Hyland’s double-double leads VCU past George Mason
Bones Hyland scored a career-high 31 points in VCU's win over Western Carolina on December 15, 2020. (Source: WWBT NBC12)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Bones Hyland scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, leading VCU past George Mason, 66-61, in Fairfax on Wednesday night. It marks the Rams’ seventh straight victory.

The Patriots jumped out to an early lead, opening up their advantage to 18-9 at the 11:54 mark of the first half, but VCU chipped away and erased the deficit, though trailed Mason, 32-31, at halftime.

The second half saw the black and gold pull away. An 11-1 second half run opened up the Rams’ lead to 48-37 and a Hyland three-pointer extended the gap to 56-41 with 13:27 remaining in the contest. George Mason would go on a late run to make it interesting, but VCU held off the Patriots for the win.

In addition to Hyland’s performance, which included the career-best 10 boards, Vince Williams added 12 points. The Rams tallied eleven steals, part of 16 turnovers forced and have caused at least 15 turnovers in every game this season.

VCU’s seven game winning streak is the program’s longest since its 12-game stretch during the 2018-2019 campaign.

Wednesday’s win somewhat avenges an upset defeat George Mason handed the Rams last season. A February 12 Patriot victory at the Siegel Center was the start of a VCU slump to end the season in which the program lost seven of its final eight contests.

The Rams return to action on Saturday when they host Rhode Island at the Siegel Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 PM.

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