Buzzer-beater U? Patriots Continue History of Last Second Wins

Posted In News - By Chris Metsala On Sunday, January 20th, 2019 With 0 Comments


On the strength of an Otis Livingston II three-pointer at the buzzer, George Mason beat Fordham, 71-68. Livingston finished with 17 points and 6 assists (only 2 turnovers) in his 118th start, tying Will Thomas for most career starts at GMU.  Justin Kier continued his POY campaign with 18 points and 9 rebounds with 3 steals. Jared Reuter had another solid effort with 8 points, 9 rebounds in 23 minutes, while Javon Greene (7 pts, 3 asts) and Jordan Miller (9 pts, 3 rebs). Ian Boyd had 6 points off of two crucial three-pointers.

The boxscore does not convey the struggle that George Mason always seems to have against the Fordham Rams. Fordham led the overall series 7-2 going into Saturday’s tilt, and has sent the Patriots home from the A10 tournament twice in recent years. To win on a last second shot certainly helps ease the pain and improve the series record.

Behind senior Otis Livingston II and junior Ian Boyd, the Patriots continue to maintain a culture and expectation to make the big shot when it is needed most. Ian Boyd has even been referred to as “Big Shot Boyd” and “Mr. Sportscenter” after his heroics last season. How many times has either of these two heady guards come out on the good side of lady luck?

This trend at Mason is not new. Remember Jalen Jenkins‘ 75 footer to beat Manhattan and tip-in to down Davidson, or Sherrod Wright‘s three to beat VCU or Richmond? Who can forget Luke Hancock‘s three and Mike Morrison‘s dunk to beat Villanova in the NCAA tournament?

January 19, 2019 – Otis Livingston vs. Fordham

February 28, 2018 – Ian Boyd vs. VCU

February 24, 2018 – Ian Boyd vs. UMass, assist from Otis Livingston II

February 21, 2018 – Ian Boyd vs. St. Josephs, assist from Otis Livingston II

January 11, 2018 – Otis Livingston vs. St. Josephs

Another Mason shot of significance:

March 18, 2011 – Luke Hancock and Mike Morrison vs. Villanova

About - Chris Metsala is a George Mason alumnus and was one of the founders of the original masonhoops.com site in 1998, which later became CAAZone.com. Chris has attended almost every home game and CAA Tournament from the Ernie Nestor years to present, and covered the team during the 2006 Final Four run. He currently lives in Northern Virginia.

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