With less than 30 seconds to go, George Mason trimmed a VCU lead that hovered around 11 points for much of the second half to just two possessions.
After a Javon Greene layup made the score 66-61, the Patriots took eight seconds to foul KeShawn Curry. Fortunately for George Mason, Curry missed the front end of the one-and-one opportunity.
Down two scores, the Patriots pushed the ball up the floor quickly, needing a quick bucket. But the rims on the left side of the floor at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax did not cooperate, as two 3-point attempts were off the mark. The clock expired, and VCU escaped Fairfax with a 66-61 victory Wednesday night.
The win improves VCU’s conference record to 2-0 in conference, 9-2 overall. The Rams are riding a seven-game win streak. The Rams’ last loss was a road loss to Penn State on a buzzer-beater in early December.
George Mason falls to 5-4 overall, 1-2 in the conference. The Patriots’ only Atlantic 10 conference victory was in double overtime against...