Peter Myers made two free throws with five seconds left to give Arkansas-Little Rock a one-point lead, and then stole an inbounds pass and hit a short jump shot at the buzzer to give his team a 70-67 upset victory over George Mason in the first round of the Marshall Memorial Invitational basketball tournament tonight.
Marshall beat Austin Peay, 84-69, in the other first-round game and will play Arkansas-Little Rock in Saturday's 9 p.m. championship, preceded by the 7 p.m. consolation between Mason and Peay.
Mason (4-4) led at halftime, 30-28, but Arkansas had a first-half edge in rebounding (32-15) and finished the game with a 54-28 advantage.
The teams exchanged the lead 12 times in the second half. The Trojans' Reggie Smith converted a three-point play to break a 61-61 tie with 2:54 remaining.
George Mason fought back and took the lead, 67-66, when Darrin Mosley tipped in a Ricky Wilson miss with 33 seconds remaining.
After running down the clock, Arkansas' Ken Worthy missed a 15-footer, but Myers got the rebound and was fouled with five seconds left. Myers, an 83 per cent free-throw shooter, made both shots.
An inbounds pass by Mason's Vincent McQueen was intercepted by Myers and he quickly made a short jump shot for the game's final points.
Mosley led Mason with 17 points, followed by Wilson's 16 and Rob Rose's 12.