West Virginia scored 12 straight points in 2 minutes 19 seconds late in the second half to wipe out a 10-point George Mason advantage and went on to defeat the Patriots, 89-81, before 6,066 last night in Morgantown, W.Va.
George Mason (5-4) failed to score a basket in the final 6:16.
George Mason's last lead came at 80-79 with 3:32 to play on Robert Dykes' two foul shots. The Patriots scored one point the rest of the way.
Brett Vincent led West Virginia (5-4) with 20 points. Tyrone Shaw had 16, Herbie Brooks 14, Chris Brooks 12 and Darryl Prue 11.
Amp Davis had 20 points, Brian Miller 19, Kenny Sanders 17 and Dykes 12 for Mason. Sanders also had 19 rebounds to tie a school record.
The Patriots led at the half, 52-44, before going cold.
"They forced us into a half court game in the second half and were able to take advantage of their size and strength," Patriots Coach Rick Barnes said.
George Mason made seven of 16 three-point shots in the first half but only four of 15 in the second half. Miller made five of nine three-pointers.
George Mason led, 73-63, with 8:58 to play on Dykes' basket. Vincent started the Mountaineers' 12-point run with two foul shots and ended it with a three-pointer to give West Virginia a 75-73 lead.
Wake Forest 79, American 66: The Demon Deacons had 10 three-point baskets and hit 10 free throws in the last 2:20 to win the consolation game of the Palm Beach Classic in West Palm Beach, Fla.
In the title game, Todd Mitchell scored 26 points and 11th-ranked Purdue (10-1) tied a school record for points in a half en route to a 110-82 victory over Miami (Fla.). The Boilermakers had 66 first-half points in gaining a 35-point lead.
David Carlyle had 16 points, including a three-pointer that put Wake Forest (4-5) ahead to stay, 64-62, with 4:19 left. Cal Boyd then hit two jumpers, including a three-pointer, for a 69-62 Deacons lead.
American (3-6) scored only once on its last five possessions in dropping its third straight.
The Eagles trailed by 12 in the first half, but rallied behind two three-pointers by Dale Spears and went on a 14-3 run. Spears hit a layup off an inbounds steal with one second left before the half to cut Wake Forest's lead to 34-33.
Gannon 87, UDC 75: The Golden Knights (8-2) won the Gannon Invitational title with each of their starters scoring at least 10 points in Gannon, Pa. Forward David Morris led Gannon with 23 points and center John Bowen had 16.
The Firebirds (7-3) were led by Vincent Copeland with 20 points and Richard McLean with 19.
ECAC Holiday Festival: Shelton Jones scored 17 points and Matt Brust had 14 to lead St. John's (8-1) over 17th-ranked Kansas, 70-56, for its fourth straight ECAC title in New York. The Jayhawks (8-3) had a seven-game winning streak ended. Danny Manning led Kansas with 24 points.
In the third place game, No. 19 Memphis State (7-2) beat Marist, 75-57, as Dwight Boyd scored 24 points and Rodney Douglas had 18.
All College Tournament: No. 10 Oklahoma routed Illinois State, 107-56, for the tournament title in Oklahoma City. Harvey Grant had 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Sooners (12-0).
Grant scored 16 of Oklahoma's 21 points in a seven-minute stretch in the second half as the Sooners blew the game open.
In the third place game, Iowa beat Oral Roberts, 126-94, with Jeff Moe getting 29 points. The 14th-ranked Hawkeyes (8-3) broke open a close game by scoring the first 18 points of the second half City. Moe made seven of 10 three-point shots.
Haywoode Workman led Oral Roberts with 38 points, 18 of them on three-point shots. The Titans also got 26 points from Kelley.
A crowd of 14,005 was on hand, the largest ever for college basketball in Oklahoma.
North Carolina 115, Nevada-Reno 91: Sophomore Scott Williams scored a career-high 25 points to lead the fourth-ranked Tar Heels (8-1) in Reno, Nev. North Carolina's 14-4 run midway through the first half, with J.R. Reid getting four points, allowed the Tar Heels to gain a 31-19 lead.
Wyoming 100, Cincinnati 73: Reggie Fox scored a career-high 26 points and Fennis Dembo had 23 as the No. 5 Cowboys improved to 10-0 in the Mile High Classic in Denver.
Virginia Tech 97, Old Dominion 71: Wally Lancaster's 25 points and Bimbo Coles's 23 points and 11 assists helped the Hokies (7-2) to victory at home.