VCU Wins Automatic Berth to NCAA Tournament

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Eric Maynor had 25 points and eight assists and is heading back to the NCAA tournament after leading Virginia Commonwealth University to a 71-50 victory against George Mason in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game Monday night.

Larry Sanders added 18 points, and set championship game records
with 20 rebounds and seven blocks for the Rams (24-9), who stunned
Duke in the first round two years ago and look capable of giving
another team trouble by letting their senior guard and big forward
lead the way.

The defending CAA champion Patriots (22-10) trailed 30-19 at
halftime and did little to slow Maynor, the two-time CAA player of
the year, or the disruptive Sanders, who had four blocks in the
first half and largely shut down George Mason's inside game.

Dre Smith led George Mason with 23 points, but most came too