Late three-point flurry helps Lobos stun Patriots

November 18, 2012

Tony Snell hit a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left, giving New Mexico a 70-69, come-from-behind victory over George Mason in the Paradise Jam on Sunday in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

George Mason went ahead, 69-64, on a pair of free throws with 17.7 seconds left. But Kendall Williams hit a three-pointer with 11.9 seconds remaining, and then stole the inbounds pass. The ball wound up in the hands of Snell, who made the game-winner from the left wing. It marked the Lobos’s only lead of the second half.

George Mason’s desperation heave at the buzzer was far off the mark.

Snell scored a game-high 27 points for New Mexico (3-0). Williams added 14 points for the Lobos.

Sherrod Wright finished with 22 points for George Mason (2-2), which led by as many as eight points in the second half.

UAB 82, NAVY 63: Rod Rucker and Fahro Alihodzic each scored 16 points as the University of Alabama-Birmingham routed visiting Navy.

Rucker also had 13 rebounds for the Blazers (2-1), who dominated the glass by outrebounding the Midshipmen, 47-27.

Navy (2-2) was led by Brandon Venturini’s 13 points. Tilman Dunbar added 12. The Midshipmen visit TCU on Tuesday.

Virginia women roll

Ataira Franklin scored 14 points as the Virginia women’s basketball team cruised to a 61-42 victory over Providence in Charlottesville on Sunday.

Suffocating defense early in the game kept the Friars off the scoreboard for the first 5 minutes 38 seconds. Providence was 0 for 7 from the field and committed seven turnovers in that span, allowing the Cavaliers to take a commanding 20-5 lead. Fourteen of those points came in the paint for Virginia.

For Virginia, it’s the second consecutive 3-0 start under second-year Coach Joanne Boyle. It’s just the sixth time in 16 seasons that a Cavaliers team has started the season with three straight victories. The loss dropped the Friars to 1-2.

MICHIGAN STATE 57, VIRGINIA TECH 29: Jasmine Hines had 12 points to pace four players in double figures as the Spartans (3-0) rolled past the Hokies (1-2) in East Lansing, Mich.

Aerial Wilson led Virginia Tech with eight points while Alyssa Fenyn added seven.

The game got off to a slow start and midway through the first half, the Hokies held an 11-10 advantage. Michigan State, however, responded with a 14-2 run to close the half, taking a 30-16 lead into the locker room.

The Hokies didn’t get closer than 13 points the rest of the way. Virginia Tech was doomed by poor shooting, connecting on just 11 of 43 shots (25.6 percent).

GEORGE WASHINGTON 58, WILLIAM & MARY 51: Tara Booker scored a season-high 20 points to lead the host Colonials past the Tribe. Booker hit 7 of 14 shots, including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc. She also grabbed seven rebounds.

Megan Nipe was the only other George Washington player in double figures with 12 points to go along with six rebounds.

The Tribe missed 19 of its first 22 shots after the intermission, and the Colonials took advantage with a 22-10 run to take an 18-point lead.

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