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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Dane Watts made the winning free throws with 7.5 seconds left, and Creighton survived three costly turnovers in the last two minutes yesterday to defeat George Mason, 58-56, in Omaha.

Creighton (2-1) committed three straight turnovers trying to inbound the ball after George Mason baskets. The Patriots (2-2) converted each to tie the score at 56 with 48 seconds left.

Will Thomas beat Anthony Tolliver one-on-one along the baseline for the tying basket after Tolliver could not handle Watts's inbounds pass.

Watts was fouled by John Vaughan after taking a pass from Josh Dotzler underneath the basket. After he made the free throws, Folarin Campbell drove the length of the court and missed a baseline shot just before the buzzer.

"I was proud of the way our kids hung in there," George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga said. "We fell behind but never quit. We forced a couple turnovers and capitalized on those. But we never could get into a good offensive rhythm."

Meantime, sophomore forward Sammy Hernandez is leaving George Mason and wants to transfer to a school closer to his Florida home.

Hernandez averaged 2.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 35 games last season, with one start. He appeared in all five games during George Mason's surprising run to the Final Four.

· HOWARD 116, VMI 111: Darryl Hudson was perfect on six free throws in the final two minutes to help the host Bison hold off the Keydets.

Hudson scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half and Eugene Myatt scored a game-high 41 to help the Bison (2-3) blow past their previous single-game high of 86 points.

Reggie Williams finished with 30 points for VMI (3-4), his fourth 30-point game of the season.

The Keydets entered the night as the nation's highest-scoring team, averaging 104.7 points per game.

The Bison seemed to relish the fast tempo and didn't try to slow down play despite committing 30 turnovers.

Howard went on an 18-2 run early in the second half to erase a 52-47 halftime deficit. Jeron Smith's two free throws with 9 minutes 35 seconds remaining gave the Bison an 89-71 lead.

· VILLANOVA 70, NAVY 61: Mike Nardi scored a season-high 20 points and Curtis Sumpter added 16 for the host Wildcats (4-1).

Greg Sprink led Navy (4-2) with 22 points, including 6 of 11 from three-point range.

· XAVIER 86, AMERICAN 68: Josh Duncan had a career-high 23 points to lead the Musketeers (4-1) to a win over the visiting Eagles (3-2).


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