Christian Sengfelder scored a season-high 27 points, and Fordham beat George Mason in the opening round of the Atlantic Ten tournament for the second straight year, 71-65, on Wednesday night.

The 12th-seeded Rams (10-20) advanced to the second round to face fifth-seeded VCU on Thursday.

Sengfelder, a freshman from Germany, was 10 for 13 from the field. Mandell Thomas added 13 points.

The Patriots (9-22) finished their fourth season under coach Paul Hewitt by losing 15 of 18 games.

Duquesne 61, St. Louis 55 - Micah Mason scored 19 points and Jeremiah Jones added 16 as the Dukes (12-18) held off the Billikens to advance to the second round and a matchup with George Washington.

Mike Crawford led St. Louis (11-21) with 16 points.