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Maryland men’s basketball to play Saint Peter’s on Friday after game vs. George Mason is canceled for coronavirus issues

The Maryland’s men’s basketball team’s nonconference game against George Mason on Friday has been canceled because of a positive COVID-19 test within the Patriots’ organization, and the Terps quickly found a new opponent.

Maryland announced Wednesday afternoon that they would host Saint Peter’s at 3 p.m. on Friday, replacing their game with George Mason.

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George Mason announced Wednesday morning that it was pausing all team activities as a result of a positive test ”detected during routine COVID-19 surveillance testing, which is conducted three times a week in accordance with NCAA guidelines.”

“As a result of the positive test, Mason will not participate in the December 4 contest at Maryland,” the school said in a news release.

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It’s the third cancellation for the Terps in a week. Maryland’s game against Monmouth on Dec. 1 was canceled after the Hawks reported a positive test. The Terps quickly scheduled Towson for the same slot but the Tigers on Monday announced the game was canceled because a member of their Tier 1 support staff tested positive.

Maryland has met Saint Peter’s just one time in its history, defeating the Peacocks, 49-42, on Nov. 27, 1981, at Cole Field House.

Saint Peter’s (2-1) opened its season with a one-point loss to St. John’s before winning two straight games against La Salle and Stony Brook.

Maryland (3-0) has another game remaining this week, a road matchup with James Madison on Saturday that was scheduled after the Towson game was canceled.

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