You can excuse the Old Dominion men for wondering if things possibly can get worse.

Freshman guard Patrick Holloway turned in one of the finest performances of his college career Thursday night, leading George Mason to a 71-46 victory over ODU in a Colonial Athletic Association game at the Patriot Center.

The Monarchs shot just 25 percent (12-of-48) from the field.

Holloway came off the bench to score 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and add three assists, leading a collection of reserves who combined to make 25 of 35 shots from the floor for the Patriots (9-6, 2-1 CAA). Junior forward Paris Bennett, another reserve, scored 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting.

Senior forward Nick Wright of Suffolk scored 14 points and freshman guard Keenan Palmore added 13 for the Monarchs (2-14, 0-4), who have lost four in a row and 13 of 14.

ODU trailed 14-10 midway through the first half, but George Mason mounted a 9-1 run. Holloway punctuated the run with a 3-pointer, giving Mason a 23-11 lead with 5:29 remaining in the half.

The Patriots led 30-22 at the break. ODU cut the deficit to six early in the second half, but the Patriots outscored the Monarchs 15-2 in the next six minutes to take a commanding 45-26 lead with 12:08 to play.

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