Just when it looked like William and Mary's winning streak would reach four games, back came George Mason.
Sophomore center Erik Copes made a jumper with 1 second remaining, giving Mason a 60-58 victory in a Colonial Athletic Association game Saturday in Fairfax.
Freshman guard Patrick Holloway came off the bench to score 15 points for the Patriots (17-11, 10-6 CAA), who have won three of their last four. Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton scored a game-high 22 points for W&M (12-15, 6-10).
W&M led 30-29 at the break. The Tribe extended its lead early in the second half, outscoring the Patriots 13-6 over the first 5:23 to go up 43-34 with 14:37 to play.
Brandon Britt made a 3-pointer with 11:14 left to put the Tribe ahead 50-37, but George Mason mounted a 14-0 run to take a 51-50 lead with 4:36 remaining.
With W&M down five, Thornton hit a 3-pointer, drawing his team to 56-54 with 1:17 to go. The Tribe tied the game when Tim Rusthoven scored with 14 seconds left, but Copes made the winner just before time expired.
James Vincent had 16 points and three blocks as Georgia State (15-15, 10-7 CAA) spoiled James Madison's Senior Day, winning 66-62.
The Panthers hit 17 of 18 free throws, while the Dukes (16-14, 10-7) sank 8 of 14. A.J. Davis scored 22 and fellow senior Devon Moore 14 for JMU. ...
Jerome Hairston scored 14 of his career-high 20 points in the first half and Jerrelle Benimon added 19 points as host Towson (16-13, 11-5) won 72-71 against Drexel (11-17, 7-9).
With the Dragons down 72-70, Kazembe Abif was fouled with 1.2 seconds left. He missed the first throw and made the second, but Towson inbounded the ball as the buzzer sounded. ...
Josh Brinkley of Richmond hit the winning free throw with 1:07 left as Delaware (16-13, 11-5) edged host UNC Wilmington 79-78, the fourth straight Blue Hens game decided at the buzzer and the fifth in a row decided by two points or one.
Delaware's Devon Saddler scored 24 points to reach 1,600 for his career and has reached double figures in 35 consecutive games.
Norfolk State (18-10, 13-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) won 60-56 at Delaware State, registering its first victory in Dover, Del., since 2004 and ending a seven-game losing streak there.
Pendarvis Williams' 18 points and Brandon Goode's 16 led NSU in the Spartans' 12th consecutive victory.
DSU made it interesting, going on a 23-8 run to tie the score at 41 with 8:52 remaining.
No. 24 VCU overcame a 17-point early second-half deficit to win 75-71 at Xavier. Troy Daniels scored 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, while lifting the Rams before 10,039 fans in Cincinnati.
Rob Brandenburg added 18 points and Treveon Graham had 17 for the Rams, who were feeble on offense in the first half. But when Dee Davis, Xavier's point guard and best ballhandler, left with an injury, VCU unleashed its "Havoc" defense.
VCU (22-6, 10-3 Atlantic 10) forced 22 turnovers, most coming with Xavier attempting to inbound the ball.
“With our style of play, you’re never out of the game,” VCU coach Shaka Smart said. ...
Richmond (16-11, 6-6) earned its first A-10 road victory in six games, beating Fordham 72-55 as Deion Taylor scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half. The Spiders shot 56 percent after intermission.
Chris Teasley of Newport News scored 24 as No. 1 seed Virginia Wesleyan beat Randolph 78-68 to reach Sunday's Old Dominion Athletic Conference final at Salem Civic Center.
Art Crew of Williamsburg added five rebounds and three steals for VWC.
The Marlins will play at 3:30 p.m. against No. 3 seed Randolph-Macon, which upended rival Hampden-Sydney 64-59. H-SC, seeded No. 2 and ranked nationally, will find out Monday whether it will make the NCAA field at-large.
Akeem Richmond came off the bench to score a career-high 29 as East Carolina (16-10, 7-6 Conference USA) won 72-69 over well-traveled coach Larry Brown's Southern Methodist team in Dallas. ...
In Bracketbusters play, Marist raced past VMI 112-74 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., as Chavaughn Lewis had 30 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Norfolk Academy graduate D.J. Covington had 18 points for the Keydets (11-16). ...
Tennessee Martin beat visiting Longwood 89-79, though the Lancers' Tristan Carey had 23 points. ...
Host Liberty (10-19) beat Austin Peay 79-73 as JR Coronado had a career-high 18 rebounds.
Delaware State kept Norfolk State (5-19, 3-10 MEAC) winless on the road, 58-48, though Aivah Parham had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans. ...
Xavier (11-15, 5-7 Atlantic 10) won 65-54 at VCU (10-17, 3-9) by closing on a 17-6 run, though Rams junior Robyn Parks had 21 points and 11 rebounds. ...
In the ODAC semis in Salem, Brittany Atwater scored 25 as No. 2 seed Guilford (23-4) ousted No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan 75-61, though Marlins sophomores Brittany Glassco (21) and Andrea Paphites (15) combined to score 36 points. The Marlins finished 18-9.
Guilford will play for the title Sunday against top-seeded Eastern Mennonite (21-5), which beat No. 5 Lynchburg 84-77 in overtime behind Keyla Baltimore’s 23 points and six rebounds. The Hornets erased a 12-point lead in the final 8 1/2 minutes of regulation. ...
Katelyn Fisher scored 18 as host Marymount (23-4) took the Capital Athletic Conference tournament title and NCAA berth, beating Mary Washington 53-42 in Arlington.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times