Freshman forward Kevin Richardson scored five of his seven points in overtime tonight to give William and Mary a 53-47 victory over George Mason.
It was Mason's second loss this year to William and Mary, and dropped the Patriots to 12-13. The Indians are 14-11.
George Mason's Andy Bolden scored a game-high 18 points and tied the game with a 12-foot jumper at 2:47. The visitors then regained possession on a turnover. After a 1 1/2 minute stall, Bolden attempted a 15-foot jumper that fell short with three seconds remaining.
William and Mary called timeout with two seconds left. Carlos Yates intercepted the inbounds pass and shot from half court; the ball hit the rim as time expired.
Richardson made two quick jumpers to give the Indians a four-point lead in overtime. George Mason cut the lead to 50-47 with 1:05 to play on John Niehoff's 12-foot base line jumper, but was unable to get closer.
George Mason built a 10-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game as freshman Mike Yohe scored four points. The Indians then scored seven straight points to cut the margin to one, 10-9, on Kenny Bowen's two free throws.
Mason led, 24-20, with 1:49 left in the half after Yohe made an eight-foot base line jumper. But the Indians scored five straight points in the last 90 seconds for a 25-24 halftime lead.
There were five ties in the second half. William and Mary took the biggest lead, 41-35, after Gary Bland made a tip-in with 9:48 left. The Patriots scored the next six points--Bolden made four on jump shots--to tie the game at 41 with 4:42 left.
Senior center Andre Gaddy scored 11 points and had a game-high 14 rebounds. Yohe scored eight points, shooting four for five from the field. Yates--whose 16-point average is the team's highest--was held to six points, making three of 15 from the field.