With team leader Robert Dykes fouled out, George Mason's Bryon Tucker and Paul Arthur each made a basket in the closing minutes to give George Mason a 72-69 Colonial Athletic Association victory over American before 3,395 last night at Patriot Center.
George Mason (7-11, 4-2) has a season-high three-game winning streak, having survived a second-half surge by American (8-7, 3-3), which has lost two in a row.
Dykes fouled out with 2:09 left after scoring 22 points. At 2:09, American's Ron Davenport made two free throws to tie at 65, then Mason called time.
Tucker (21 points) then scored with 1:30 left and Arthur (seven points) with 29 seconds to go, providing a 69-65 edge. Biran Gilgeous's foul shot at 16 seconds and Chris Rooney's three-pointer with two seconds to play brought bringing American within 71-69. Mike Hargett was fouled and made his second shot for the final margin. American's Fred Tilman missed from half-court as time ran out.
For American, which recovered from dreadful shooting in the first half (27 percent) to 42 percent in the second, was led by Gilgeous with 19 and Rooney had 17.
At halftime, Mason led by 30-26. But the lead eroded quickly when American found its outside range early in the second half, taking a 37-31 lead at 15:40.
Tucker, Arthur and Dykes put in six points and tied the game at 37 at 14:30. But in the next six minutes the Eagles scored 13 points, all but four of which were jump shots. At 8:55 American led 52-47.
Mont.-Germantown 103, Mont.-Rockville 86: In Rockville, Robbie Moxley scored 27 points as Germantown (11-7) won. The Knights (6-12) were led by Ed Farrell's 28 points and Jay Phillips's 24.
Bowie State 104, Columbia Union 69: The victory at Columbia Union made Bowie 7-9 under first-year coach Tyrone Hart. The team had gone 7-49 the previous two seasons. Rayford Young led Bowie with 25 points and Aquila Matthews had 24. For Union (7-13), Damon Allen scored 27.
Md.-Baltimore County 78, Delaware 77: Jim Frantz's free throw with five seconds left snapped the Retrievers' 14-game losing streak in an East Coast Conference game in Baltimore.
Towson State 72, Drexel 70: In Philadelphia, Chuck Lightening had 21 points and Devin Boyd 19 in the ECC game in Philadelphia.